Potpourri,  Victoriana

The End of an Era

The Funeral of Queen Victoria 1901 (shown in Youtube segment below)

The death of England’s beloved Widowed Queen marked more than the end of an era. The Victorian period in history was not only the reign of one monarch, but a way of thinking, a code of morality and behavior and social expectations which affected every particle of social custom and culture.  Her son, Edward VII would be a pale shadow of his mother in his brief reign of barely a decade following Victoria’s death. King Bertie’s reign would be filled with court scandal involving the King’s many paramours – which no doubt the old Queen would have found “unamusing”.  Bertie is show below with his favorite wirehaired fox terrier, Caesar.  The little dog marched behind his master’s coffin in the funeral procession in May of 1910.