Queen Victoria

Grandmother of Europe

Honoring the death of Victoria, a writer in the London Times wrote the following tribute in 1901: "If we have had orderly evolution where other nations have gone through devastating internal conflicts, if the Monarchystands not only broad-based upon the people's will, but strong in the affections of kindred nations overseas, we owe these results, to a degree which is hardly possible to over-estimate, to the womanly sweetness, the gentle sagacity, the utter disinterestedness, and the unassailable rectitude of the Queen." Many in Britain shared the sentiment, and Victoria was greatly missed after she was gone.

Queen Victoria's son, King Edward VII, succeeded her. He died only nine years later, succeeded by his son, King George V, grandfather of the present Queen Elizabeth II.