In the proclamation, I am referred to as Alexandrina Victoria. But I do not like the name Alexandrina. From now on I wish to be called… Victoria.
I find myself in a difficult position. I am a Queen and a wife. And to be a Queen I must rule. Yet, to be a wife, it seems I must submit.
A man’s imperfections are considered part of his character, whereas a woman’s flaws are evidence of her unsuitability.
I know that I’m young. And some would say my sex puts me at a disadvantage. But I know my duty, and I assure you I am ready for the great responsibility that lies before me.
However many mistakes I have made, or perhaps I’m yet to make, I know I am a better monarch than you could ever be.[to Cumberland]