Thank you to Factual Facts for publishing my piece on Queen Victoria.
There is a lot to be said about Queen Victoria. In fact, a great deal already has. Crowned the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom at the age of 18, her 63 year reign lent its name to an entire era, a culture, an architectural style, and a belief system. Queen Victoria was much loved, the head of state for the most powerful and yet most peaceful period of the British Empire (the Crimean War not withstanding).
The question should be asked, however, “Was she a great leader?” The Empire was a Constitutional Monarchy, with most of the power residing in Parliament rather than in the Crown. Despite this fact, the people looked to the Queen as their compass in all things political and social. Prime Ministers came and went (ten of them, in fact), but the Queen reigned eternal. It took a brave (and perhaps foolish) PM to stand in opposition to Her Majesty’s Hanoverian whim. Norwich University highlighted ten key characteristics of a good leader. Using that as a litmus, let’s determine if Victoria, was a good monarch, or merely a beloved figurehead.