Victoria and her daughter, Princess Beatrice By Arthur J. Melhuish London 1881 (Cabinet Photo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Victoria was, by her own account, an enthusiastic lover and bore her husband no less than nine children, many of whom married into other royal families. (Their eldest child, also Victoria, was the mother of Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany.)
Victoria disliked being pregnant and was one of the first women to try chloroform during childbirth, thus silencing church opposition to its use.
Blessed with good health and a hearty appetite, Victoria had various likes and dislikes that emerged during the course of her long reign. As well as the joys of family life, she enjoyed charades, singing and dancing, playing the piano, knitting, painting, reading, going to the theatre, riding (side-saddle) and sea-bathing (though she didn’t put her head under the surface).
Among the things she did not like were smoking, champagne and beer, motor cars (because they frightened her horses) and wearing clothes not made in Britain. She also detested people knocking on doors, and insisted that they scratch on them instead.
As an adult Victoria was much influenced by Albert and he helped her wherever he could, even if only by applying blotting paper when his left-handed wife signed official documents.