You must go out and you must smile. You must smile and wave, and never let them know how hard it is to bear.[to Victoria]
Any damn fool can be Prime Minister, but to leave behind a thing of beauty, something like this, something that people will marvel over centuries from now, that’s worth living for.
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.
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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.
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.