Thursday, November 23, 2006

Queen Victoria @ Cubban Park

Statue of Queen Victoria in Cubban Park, Bangalore. I also remember The Victoria Memorial, located in Kolkata, India

Several places in the world have been named after Victoria, including two Australian States (Victoria and Queensland), the capitals of British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Canada, the capital of the Seychelles, Africa's largest lake, and Victoria Falls. See also List of places named after Queen Victoria.

The title Empress of India was given to
Queen Victoria in 1877. The title was created some years after the formal incorporation into the British Empire of Britain's possessions and protectorates on the Indian subcontinent, comprising modern-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Burma (though the latter would be made a separate colony in 1937). It is said Victoria's desire for such a title was motivated partially out of jealousy of the imperial titles of her distant cousins William I, German Emperor, and Alexander II of Russia. Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is usually credited with creating the title for her. Also, the title was created when it became evident that Queen Victoria's daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, would become an empress when her husband ascended the German imperial throne. More..
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Anonymous Fri Nov 24, 01:37:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Ah, yes, Her majesty, the Queen, Empress of India, Princess of Hanover, Duchess of Brunswick and Lunenburg, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duchess of Saxony!

Many QV statues around the former Great Imperial Realms ;-)

Anonymous Sat Nov 25, 12:27:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Ahh- she has a presence in Wellington, NZ too. We have the same statue (or very similar) in Wellington. She was the Queen when Wellington was being developed by British colonists, so lots of references to her in street names etc. Our University is named Victoria University.

Anonymous Sun Nov 26, 05:33:00 AM GMT+5:30  

Yeah, even in Singapore, you can see the title Empress of India in some older monuments. Just like in this post