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Designs for Victoria by Steffen Aafing

Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom and later Empress of India. A stubborn widow reliant on a few companions, Victoria was once a vivacious young queen passionately in love with her husband.
A design for Princess Beatrice by Steffen Aafing

Princess Beatrice

Victoria and Albert's youngest child. Just four years old when her father died, Beatrice knows her mother only as a gloomy and demanding widow who restricts her freedom to keep her as a companion.
A design for Prince Albert by Steffen Aafing

Albert

Victoria's husband and Prince Consort. Educated and cultured, he has a passion for reform and innovation. He loves Victoria but believes she should defer to his greater knowledge.
A design for John Brown by Steffen Aafing

John Brown

Formerly Albert's servant at Balmoral and now Victoria's. Strong and down to earth, he is a favourite of the Queen but hated by her children and subjects who disapprove of his familiarity with the Queen.
A design for Lord Melbourne by Steffen Aafing

Lord Melbourne

Member of the Whig political party and Prime Minister in the early years of Victoria's reign. Gallant and kind, he enjoys teaching Victoria and she becomes infatuated with him.
A design for Liko by Steffen Aafing

Liko

Prince Henry of Battenberg, a dashing soldier and husband to Princess Beatrice. Charming and gallant, he even sweeps Victoria off her feet.
A design for Benjamin Disraeli by Steffen Aafing

Benjamin Disraeli

Member of the Tory political party and Prime Minister twice during Victoria's reign. Responsible for creating Victoria Empress of India, he flatters her and they enjoy a close friendship.
A design for William Gladstone by Steffen Aafing

William Gladstone

Liberal leader and Prime Minister four times during Victoria's reign. Religious, moralistic and highly principled, he is disliked by Victoria who feels that he lectures her.
A design for Victoire by Steffen Aafing

Victoire

Victoria's mother and Albert's aunt. As a widow and foreigner, she depends on Conroy for advice. She is over-protective of the young Victoria and restricts her freedom which the latter resents.
A design for John Conroy by Steffen Aafing

Conroy

Victoire's companion and comptroller of her household. Ambitious and self-serving, he has a powerful influence over Victoire and is hated by Victoria for his tyranny.
A design for Uncle Leopold by Steffen Aafing

Uncle Leopold

King of the Belgians, brother to Victoire and uncle to both Victoria and Albert. Leopold is a close confidante and friend to both his niece and nephew, and is instrumental in arranging their marriage.
A design for Bertie by Steffen Aafing

Bertie

Victoria and Albert's eldest son and future King Edward VII. He has a difficult relationship with his parents from childhood onwards.

Header photo taken by Emma Kauldhar. Costume designs created by Steffen Aarfling.