The queen regents in Britain are a sturdy kind and they have reined long at the throne (Queen Elizabeth I 45 years, Queen Victoria 64 years and the current Queen Elizabeth II on her 65th year) and long successful regents require the proper commemoration. Queen Victoria has several, but I chose Queen Victoria Street. It is a busy thoroughfare of London and not so very pretty, but as I have come across on this challenge before, Qs are difficult to find.
Anyway, this gives me a reason to delve more into queens and their longevity and influence. Queen Elizabeth I reigned during a time when women were not in power, and really the only reason she became a queen was her father’s inability to produce a strong male heir. If Edward VI had been healthy or Queen Mary I (Bloody Mary) would have burnt less Protestants at the stake, Elizabeth would not have risen to her position as queen. What intrigues me the most was why she never married. She certainly had suitors (even a Swedish prince, later King Erik XIV) and there was a strong desire from the court that she would produce an heir. How she managed to hold up against social conventions at that time is remarkable, or were there other mitigating circumstances that kept her unmarried and childless until her death?
The next longevity in the line of queens was Queen Victoria. Her spirit rests over many parts of London, from the imposing figure outside Buckingham Palace, to the Victoria and Albert museum in South Kensington and of course Queen Victoria Street in the City of London.
The Victorian age have a large presence in present day London, there are Victorian houses, the underground system, sewers it goes on and on.
The last (but hopefully not the forever last) longevity queen is the current Queen Elizabeth II, I always admire her for her strength in her old age. To still represent the country in the way she does. The Queen was another princess that was not meant to be queen, until her uncle Edward VIII resigned the crown for love. Queen Elizabeth IIs name will probably go down in history like the other queens before her. Even though the official power of the crown has diminished over the years, the symbolic power the royal family holds is still greatly felt among many British (and foreigners).
They were probably very unlike each other as rulers and as persons, but one thing all three women have in common is that they were not meant to be queens, they were not in direct line to the throne and only outside circumstances put them in to the powerful positions they held/hold for many years.
The extra bits: Queen’s Gate – This is where my sister wants me to move. Nice and central with lovely large houses and a posh address in Knightbridge. One can only dream…
Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite Q street in London or in your own hometown/favourite city.
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