The limited edition „Viva Victoria No.1“ includes a total of 33 handbags only. In a concealed section, each bag includes a genuine piece of a handwritten letter of Queen Victoria of England from
the year 1855. We have cut this rare artifact into pieces under the supervision of a notary, sealed them in acrylic panels and worked them into our luxury bags. Each bag comes with a glossy photo
of the complete original document.
Without Queen Victoria, the most powerful woman of the 19th century, the British monarchy would hardly have survived. She was the first British monarch to also bear the title ‚Empress of India‘.
Victoria is mainly remembered for two things: Her long reign of almost 64 years and the enormous number of her descendants. An entire era, the 'Victorian Age', was named after her. Already during
her lifetime she was regarded as the personification of the British Empire.
Through cleverly arranged marriages of her nine children and 29 grandchildren, the matriarch became the proverbial "grandmother of Europe".
Victoria's first prime minister, the widowed and childless Lord Melbourne, at once became a powerful influencer on the politically inexperienced Queen. Victoria probably saw him as a father
figure, she relied on him for advice, even in private issues. With the support of her prime minister, Victoria's first year in office became a success.
Nevertheless, she was subject to public criticism as she often acted very emotionally. There were calls for the Queen to marry, as it was expected that a husband would have a moderating influence
on her temperamental outbursts.
On October 10, 1839, a (second) meeting with her German cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was arranged. Victoria soon fell in love with Albert, whom she regarded not only as a
'beautiful man' but also as a supporter and protector. Only five days later she proposed to Albert, as the protocol required. "I am the happiest person," Victoria described her impressions in her
diary. The wedding took place in February 1840.
At first, Albert was not considered equal to the Queen and acted rather as private secretary in all public and private affairs up to the question of her wardrobe. It was not until 1857 that he
was given the title "Prince Consort" with all of associated privileges. Over the years Albert became the most important political adviser as well as the Queen's companion. Nevertheless, she was a
very power conscious person who acted quite independently and loved to have things under control. All in all, the marriage between Victoria and Albert was a very happy one, it lasted for almost
Under Victoria's reign, England made its way into modern times. The British Empire reached its greatest expansion and England became the world's leading trading, economic and maritime
While other superpowers were bound by conflicts in Europe, Britain expanded its supremacy by concentrating on trade. During periods of upheaval the Queen survived assassinations, crises and
criticism by the press, which became more and more influential. Between 1840 and 1882 seven attempts were made on Victoria's life – her courageous attitude towards these attacks greatly
strengthened her popularity.
During her reign, child labour and women's labour was reduced, corn duties were abolished and electoral reforms were introduced. Compulsory education became mandatory, military officers were no
longer allowed to buy their position.
The new social legislation improved both the life of the workers and the legal rights of women step by step. England was experiencing unprecedented technical and medical progress.
Always at the Queen’s side was her 'beloved Albert'. He worked himself to the bone and exhausted his energies to such an extent that he died early in December 1861. The 42-year-old Victoria was
devastated. She entered a state of mourning and wore black for the rest of her life.
For years she avoided public appearances. In the mid-1870s, Victoria said farewell to her self-imposed isolation and began to resume her public duties.
Britain’s population no longer perceived her as ‚Widow of Windsor‘, but as the revered Mother of the Country. The Queen stood for continuity and constancy and became the symbol of the
British Empire and its achievements.
Victoria took an active part in politics until her death, even health problems during the last two decades of her life could not prevent her from doing her duties. On 22 January 1901 Queen
Victoria died at the age of 81 at her country estate Osborne House.
With a more than 63 year term of office, Victoria was the longest-reigning British monarch only surpassed by her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth II.