Christmas with Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria shares her thoughts.

During Christmas 1841, after the recent birth of Edward, Prince of Wales, there was great happiness within the palace. A joyful Queen Victoria wrote in her journal, “To think that we have two children now, and one who enjoys the sight already (the Christmas-tree); it is like a dream.”

Moreover, Prince Albert, writing to his father, said: “This is the dear Christmas eve on which I have so often listened with impatience for your step, which was to convey us into the gift-room. Today I have two children of my own to make gifts to, who, they know not why, are full of happy wonder at the German Christmas-tree and its radiant candles.”

[From: The Beautiful Life and Illustrious Reign of Queen Victoria by John Rusk]