Group photograph of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) with Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (1841-1910), later King Edward VII; Princess Alexandra, Princess of Wales (1843-1925), later Queen Alexandra; Prince Louis of Hesse (1837-1892); Princess Alice (1843-1878); Princess Helena (1846-1923); Princess Louise (1848-1939); Princess Beatrice (1857-1944); and Prince Leopold (1853-1884). The family group are surrounding a bust of Prince Albert.
Alix of Hesse (later Tsarina Alexandra), Queen’s Victoria servant, Prince Henry of Battenberg (Princess Beatrice’s husband), Princess Victoria of Battenberg, Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria, Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and the children of Beatrice and Henry.
Victoria was deeply attached to her husband and she sank into depression after he died, aged 42, in 1861. She had lost a devoted husband and her principal trusted adviser in affairs of state. For the rest of her reign she wore black.
’That you now are everything in the world to me you already know […] I no longer undertake anything without thinking constantly of you and look upon you as my good angel ’ Prince Friedrich of Prussia ’If you only knew how your love moves me, how happy it makes me and how much I return it, I do not deserve so much. Dear, dear Fritz, I think of you day and night.’ ’For my precious madly-loved Fritz from is own Vicky.’ Victoria, Princess Royal
This set of portraits, depicting Queen Victoria at the beginning of her reign in 1837 and at her 50th anniversary on the throne, was created for the Golden Jubilee celebrations held in June 1887. Besides the twin portraits, the artwork, created for a newspaper supplement, also depicted two favorite residences of Queen Victoria, Balmoral Castle in Scotland and Windsor Castle.