British Commonwealth of Nations: Victoriana

Whimsical connoisseurs of Victorianism chuckled and rubbed their hands last week as the London firm of Longmans, Green & Co.* issued two new volumes of the diaries and correspondence of Queen Victoria, by imperial fiat of her grandson George V. Luminous paragraphs culled from the Queen's earnest pages: Of Wilhelm II (her grandson, at the age of seven [1866], five years before his Hohenzollern grandfather, Wilhelm I, was proclaimed Emperor of Germany [1871] after the Franco Prussian War). "Dear little Willie's birthday ... a clever, dear, good little child. . . . May God preserve him and may he grow up...

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