"Queen Victoria's invincible prejudice against him "

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) ascended to the throne in 1837. Her reign followed the Hanoverian kings, perceived by the public as morally corrupt and overly lavish. By contrast Queen Victoria, with the encouragement of her consort Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819-1861), positioned herself and her family as the embodiment of moral middle-class values.


Thus, Victoria would have had little time for Lord Byron’s promiscuity and lavishness. She also condemned the moral laxity of her own son and heir, the future King Edward VII (1841-1910), the second of her nine children.