Queen Victoria's unfair childhood affected her decisions for England By Julie masri

How did Alexandrina Victoria's childhood affect the choices she made as queen?

Queen Alexandrina Victoria

John Conroy, Queen Victoria's supervisor

Queen Victoria and one of her children

Drawing of Queen Victoria and one of her daugters

Two drawings of a younger Alexandrina, and older

Queen Victoria and her crown

Queen Victoria’s childhood was nothing like any other queen. Instead of being able to do whatever she wanted as a princess, it was the exact opposite. Almost like a controlled childhood.

When King George the fourth died in 1830, young Victoria came in line next for the throne. Victoria’s mother and ambitious superviser, Sir John Conroy, made the unfair decision to protect and gain power by having their control over Victoria. They made extremely rigid rules known as the ‘Kensington System’. This system included the regulations that Victoria had to share a room with her mother till she was queen, she was never allowed out of the sight of an adult, and rarely got to meet other children. Queen Victoria described this damaged childhood by saying she, “led a very unhappy childhood as a child… and did not know what a happy domestic life was!”. Despite the dreadfulness of her young life, good did come out of it. Her childhood actually impacted the decisions she made as queen. The Kensington System and the rules had impacted independence and personal will in Victoria—just the opposite of the outcome her mom and Sir John Conroy wanted. Queen Victoria made many great decisions, she was in favor of the Housing Commission and other efforts to help the poor, she supported British development and was crowned Empress of India in 1876, and, she had an interest in the Canadian colonies, which led to the establishment of elected government there, signing the British North America Act in 1840. As you can see, Queen Victoria's childhood was rough, but all in all it made her a stronger leader to England.

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