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The Queen's Tragedy

This letter was popular in newspapers during late 1907 and 1908 due to the publication of "The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III", edited by Arthur Christopher Benson and Viscount Reginald Baliol Brett Esher. The original title of the letter in the book is "Queen Victoria to the King of the Belgians", dated 20th December 1861. You can read more about Queen Victoria on the official website of the British monarchy.

 The Queen's Tragedy

My own Dearest, Kindest Father. - For as such have I ever loved you! The poor fatherless baby of eight months is now the utterly broken hearted and crushed widow of forty-two! My life as a happy one is ended! the world is gone for me! If I must live on (and I will do nothing to make me worse than I am), it is henceforth for our poor fatherless children - for my unhappy country, which has lost all in losing him - and only doing what I know and feel he would wish, for he is near me - his spirit will guide and inspire me! But, Oh! to be cut off in the prime of life - to see our pure, happy, quiet domestic life, which alone enabled me to bear my much disliked position, cut off at forty-two - when I had hoped with such instinctive certainty that God never would part us, and would let us grow old together (though he always talked of the shortness of life) - is too awful, too cruel! And yet it must be for his good, his happiness! his purity was too great, his aspiration too high for this poor miserable world! His great soul is now only enjoying that for which it was worthy! And I will not envy him - only pray that mine may be perfected by it and fit to be with him eternally, for which blessed moment I earnestly long. Dearest dearest Uncle, how kind of you to come! It will be an unspeakable comfort, and you can do much to tell people to do what they ought to do. As for my own good personal servants - poor Phipps in particular - nothing can be more devoted, heart-broken  as they are, and anxious only to live as he wished!
Ever your devoted, wretched child,

Victoria R


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