Tagged: Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria’s Funeral – 2 February 1901

Queen Victoria’s funeral took place on this day in British history, 2 February 1901. After 63 years on the throne, Victoria died at the age of 81 at Osborne House on The Isle of Wight. Her military state funeral was held in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. John Humphrys narrates this video footage of the historic event that marked the end of an era in British history. Prior to her death on 22 January 1901 Queen Victoria had written instructions for her funeral, which was to be military as befitting a soldier’s daughter and the head of the army. Though she had...


Queen Victoria Introduces the Victoria Cross – 29 January 1856

The Victoria Cross was born out of the carnage of war, specifically, the Crimean War. When Britain entered the war in March of 1854 it found itself embroiled in its first major military conflict for over forty years The War of the Seventh Coalition in 1815 had been the last major conflict. Though the British Empire had engaged in various small conflicts in the midst of its empire expansion, the forty-year gap between major wars had seen a vast improvement in the arena of news reporting and correspondence. The Crimean War involved the first regular reporting of war correspondents. William...