Affairs Of State
Victoria had a passionate nature and this sometimes revealed itself in her involvement in public affairs. She had serious clashes with several of her prime ministers, notably Gladstone (whom she called a ‘half-mad firebrand’) and Palmerston.
She even threatened to abdicate when it appeared the government might go to war with the USA.
She got on rather better with Lord Melbourne (a surrogate father-figure) and Benjamin Disraeli, whose flattery proved highly effective.