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9.00am - 5.00pm


12.00pm - 3.00pm


Queen Victoria, the First Royal Revel and her Struggle of the Throne

Peterborough Cathedral
Saturday 17 June 2017 19:30 - 21:00

Heritage Festival Lecture by historian and broadcaster Professor Kate Williams. We tend to see Queen Victoria as a granite faced monarch who lived according to strict moral codes and was never ‘amused’. In her youth, however, she was very different.

In this beautifully illustrated talk, Dr Williams uncovers the truth about Queen Victoria, showing how she was a wild, vibrant girl, with passions that often got her into trouble. Her mother, the Duchess of Kent was determined on power and she would do anything to achieve it. The two struggled for the throne – in what became the biggest mother-daughter battle in history. Dr Williams also explores Victoria’s first years on the throne and her marriage to Prince Albert. As she shows, Victoria’s childhood was unhappy, but it formed her as a great Queen. She grew up determined, able to hide her feelings, and with a penchant for hard work. The country was feeling beleaguered after George III and his reactionary, playboy sons. When Victoria ascended the throne at just eighteen, her sense of duty and most of all her awareness of the importance of image made her the first modern Queen, and, in a very real sense, the saviour of the monarchy.


£12 adults, £10 children (includes glass of wine or soft drink).

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