While Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history with an incredible 66 years at the helm, let us not forget that Queen Victoria held the record previously at 63 years, seven months and two days. In fact, today, 23rd September, marks the anniversary of the day Victoria beat George III’s record of 59 years and 96 days.
To mark this occasion we have curated the best documentaries about Victoria’s reign, empire and legacy. Here are three of our favourite docs in the collection:
Victoria’s Letters: Liberation
Although deeply in love with her husband, Victoria’s marriage had been a source of constraint, with Prince Albert using her pregnancies as a way to gain power. After his death Victoria was bereft and deranged but, as her diaries show, became free to move in the world of politics and make the deep friendships that some would say began to threaten the crown.
Queen Victoria: Secrets of the Queen
What do we know of a woman who survived seven assassination attempts and had her diaries burnt by her daughter upon her death? We look into the personal letters of a queen who was never afraid to make her mark on the world, even if it led to complicated relationships.
Life in Victorian Times
The era is regarded as one of the most innovative periods in British history, with many improvements in medicine, technology and education. However, there were notable downsides with many experiencing the harsh effects of poverty and the cruel working conditions of the workhouse. It is also true to say that these two conflicting sides to Victorian Britain both helped an empire earn its place in history. But at what cost?