Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain’s Greatest Monarch by Kate Williams

This is another great summer read. Kate Williams has written an enjoyable and very fascinating account of how Queen Victoria came to the throne of England. Williams begins with George III and details the intense, sometimes tragic and largely dysfunctional lives of the royal family.

By the time Victoria ascended to the throne the royal family was on the verge of irrelevance. The Monarchy was in disarray and mostly unloved by the people. One example is that when George IV died he had so neglected his position that some 50,000 official and government papers needed signing! Victoria brought a breathe of fresh air into the Royal Family, despite her own severely dysfunctional family.

Williams has done a fine, fine job. A fascinating, fun and very interesting read!

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