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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Queen Victoria Of The United Kingdom
Fifty-six grandchildren, and not one of them legitimate - that was mad King George III's situation after the death of Princess Charlotte, the daughter of the debauched Prince of Wales, in 1817. This double biography of Princess Charlotte and of Victoria, the heir who was rushed into production to save the Hanover line, is delightfully gossipy, fast-paced, readable history.
Ms. Williams doubts that Victoria, upon being surprised with a chronological table, ever said, "I see I am nearer to the Throne than I thought. ... There is much splendour, but there is more responsibility. ... I will be good."
"On one occasion, when told that if she wished to succeed in music she must practice like everybody else, she slammed shut the lid of her piano and shouted, "There! There is no must about it."