A different view of Briton’s Queen Victoria?

Tuesday 8th June 1841 provides us with a very different view to that normally presented of Queen Victoria. It begins when Viscount Melbourne wrote to the Queen from Windsor Castle: ‘Lord Melbourne presents his humble duty to your Majesty. He is quite well, and has nothing particular to relate to your Majesty, at least nothing that presses; except that he is commissioned by Lord John Russell respectfully to acquaint your Majesty that his marriage is settled, and will take place shortly.’

The Queen responded to Viscount Melbourne with: ‘Does Lord Melbourne really mean J. Russell’s marriage? and to whom?’

Viscount Melbourne responded: ‘The Lady Fanny Eliot. Lord Melbourne did not name her before, nor does he now, because he did not remember her Christian name.’

[Fanny was the daughter of Lord Minto. Lord Melbourne had spelled the surname wrong – it should be Elliot – and the word “Fanny” was written in subsequent to the completion of the letter!  Apart from that all seemed OK!]


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