Queen Victoria died on this day in 1901, and it would be hard to find anyone who had so profound an effect on Modern History. She ruled the United Kingdom at the peak of its enormous Imperial Power, and even with the restricted role of the Constitutional Monarchy, she carried very broad influence in Imperial Policy throughout the world for an extended period of time. What she didn’t directly rule, she was related to. After all, she and Prince Albert, whose death she famously mourned the majority of her reign, had Nine Children, and 26 Grandchildren who survived infancy and they intermarried throughout the great royal families of the continent…to the degree that, after 63 years on the Throne of the UK, she’d earned the nickname “Grandmother of Europe.” Grandmother of Europe was 81, and vacationing at her Castle in the Isle of Wight and had commented on feeling unwell for several days, and appearing dazed and Confused. She died in the early evening hours on this day in 1901. She is the longest reigning British Monarch and the Longest Reigning Queen of Any Monarchy in history…although Her Majesty Elizabeth is now approaching that goal and will arrive on the Tenth of September in the year 2015. Victoria was a habitual scribbler, writing at least 25 hundred or so words, every day of her reign…volumes that were ceremoniously edited and destroyed, in accordance with her carefully laid out wishes, and her majesty had also left considerable instructions as to the details of her funeral. Her Majesty declared White would be the mourning color, rather than black. Queen Victoria was buried in a white dress and her bridal veil. In the coffin with her was one of Prince Albert’s old dressing gowns and a plaster cast of his hand. She was buried next to him at the Frogmore Mausoleum in Windsor Great Park. Edward VII succeeded her, and God Save the King, as they say at such occasions.
Album Notes: Grateful Acknowledgments to Mike Koenig, and Drum 8. “Funeral March for Brass” Written and Performed by Kevin McLeod, Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ and used here by permission, and with appreciation and thanks. Some audio may be used under the Fair Use Doctrine.