"and as for the old Queen - she dined on a native a day"
The young Queen Victoria (c.1842) by Winterhalter
Public DomainThe young Queen Victoria (c.1842) by Winterhalter - Credit: Franz Xavier Winterhalter (1806-1873)
A postcard of Queen Victoria (c.1887)
Public DomainA postcard of Queen Victoria (c.1887) - Credit: unknown

The 'old Queen' is Queen Victoria (1819-1901) who reigned from 1837 until her death in 1901.

She was also known as Empress of India from 1876 onwards.