Victoria and Albert: A Family Life at Osbourne House

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An insight into the private life of this royal couple, as reflected in the family home they created together.

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HRH the Duchess of York, known to most Americans as Fergie, has written an interesting book that looks at the home life of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Osborne House was very much the creation of Prince Albert, who keenly felt his position as a dependent on the queen. He oversaw every phase of the building of Osborne, from its design to the placement of furniture once the house was complete. He planted trees and worked in the gardens, and was quite proud of the prizes his livestock won. He saw to it that each of his children had their own gardens and sets of tools (including a painted wheelbarrow with the owner's initials in gold). The Duchess of York does a very good job of conveying in an informative and entertaining manner the largely idyllic life led by the young Royal Family at Osborne. There is nothing new here, but this is certainly enjoyable reading, and fans of the Royals will be sure to ask for it. The Prince Andrew Charitable Trust will receive all royalties from the book. Recommended for public libraries.
- Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

The Duchess of York (Prince Andrew's wife, "Fergie") writes about England's 19th-century rulers not as historical figures but as a loving couple and caring parents. Aided by Stoney, a professional researcher, the author gleaned quotes from journals kept by Victoria during her long reign (1837-1901). Such excerpts strengthen this account of how the queen and her beloved consort created a vibrant family life for their nine children despite the pressures of their public roles. As in other vital areas, Albert took the lead here, finding Osborne House on the Isle of Wight which became the family home. There the royals spent as much time as possible, away from the strains of court, enjoying close companionship in the bracing bucolic air. This virtually ideal life was cut short in 1861 by Albert's death at age 41. Although devastated by her loss, Victoria continued to rule until her death 40 years later. This well-written book, telling us much more than has heretofore been known about Prince Albert and his many accomplishments, will have great appeal to a wide audience. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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