Great Victorians

This list is just my choice of prominent Victorians from all the many possibilities. The Victorian age was such a time of innovation and change, and spanning 64 years, provided a great number of people to select from. I have included those born before the Victorian era, and those who died afterwards: the main selection criteria being that they lived part of their life between 1837 and 1901. The list is far from complete and will be added to as time goes on, but if you have any burning nominations, then drop an email.

Queen Victoria
Born 24 May 1819 and died of heart failure 22 January 1901. Reigned for 63 years and 7 months, longer than that of any other British monarch before or since. Crowned 20 June 1837. Married to Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Children: Victoria, Edward VII, Alice, Alfred, Helena, Princess Louise, Prince Arthur, Prince Leopold, Beatrice,
Queen Victoria
Prince Albert
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819-1861) was the husband of Queen Victoria. He married his first cousin, Queen Victoria, at the age of 20. At first, he found his role as Prince Consort rather difficult as it came with no power or duties. He took up causes such as educational reform and the worldwide abolition of slavery. He also took on the task of running the Queen's estate and household. He was elected Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1847. He was also heavily involved in the organisation of The Great Exhibition in 1851.
In 1859 he had a serious illness with stomach cramps. His health was not improved the following year, when on a trip to Coburg, he was travelling in a carriage when the horses bolted. He threw himself clear, out of the carriage, and although he only suffered cuts and bruises, he was badly shaken. He also was beset with family difficulties including several deaths, and problems with his eldest son, The Prince of Wales. On top of this there were threats of a war between the US and Britain, and although very ill, Albert used his diplomatic skills to try to ease the situation. In early December 1861 he was diagnosed with Typhoid Fever, and he died on 14 December at WIndsor Castle.
The Queen was devastated at Albert's death and the entire country went into mourning. Many public monuments were erected around the country in memory of him. Modern experts now believe that, from the length of his illness, Albert may have suffered from something such as Crohn's disease or even cancer.
Prince Albert
Bertie, Prince of Wales
Edward VII (Albert Edward) (1841 – 1910) became King Edward VII, the successor to Queen Victoria, but he is probably most remembered as Bertie, Prince of Wales. As the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert he was heir to the throne. His royal parents determined that he should have the best possible education, but Bertie proved to be a poor student with a poor attention span and little interest in academic things. To finish his education he spent time at the University of Edinburgh, Christ Church, Oxford, and Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1860 he undertook a visit to North America which was a success and had many diplomatic benefits.
When he returned he hoped that he would be able to pursue a career in the British Army, but this was denied to him because of his royal status. His parents were trying to engineer a marriage to the suitably elegible Danish Princess Alexandra, but while this was going on, Edward was building a reputation as a playboy. While on manoeuvres in Ireland, Edward was involved in a scandal when an acress, Nellie Clifden, was hidden in his tent. Prince Albert was so angry that, despite his illness, he travelled to Cambridge to visit his son and reprimand him for his indiscreet and irresponsible behaviour. Sadly Albert died just two weeks after the visit.
After being sent on another overseas visit, Edward returned to marry Alexandra. Maybe the widowed Queen entertained some hopes that Berty would settle down, but throughout his life he continued to have liaisons with the scoiety of the time, including Lillie Langtry; Lady Randolph Churchill (mother of Winston Churchill); Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick; Sarah Bernhardt; wealthy humanitarian Agnes Keyser; and Alice Keppel. It is suggested that he had at least 55 such relationships, although it is not known how far they went. Edward never admitted to any illegitimate children. He was however, cited in a divorce case, and it came out that he had visited a married lady in the absence of her husband; yet another damaging admission. He was also later in life involved in a card scandal when it was alleged he had played an illegal card.
On a more positive note, Edward made many successful visits to various countries, pioneered the royal opening of public places, and became a male fashion icon with tweed, Norfolk jackets and other things.
In 1901, at the age of 59, he finally became King. He restored the Royal Palaces and reintroduced many ceremonies that Queen Victoria had allowed to lapse. He became involved in international and diplomatic matters and did very well at it by all accounts, but in 1910, he became ill with bronchitis. He had always been a heavy smoker. On 6 May 1910 he died.
Edward VII