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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
20th June 1837: Queen Victoria succeeds to the throne of Great Britain
Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. Edward's three older brothers had all failed to produce legitimate heirs surviving infancy, so in 1830 Victoria became heir presumptive to her uncle, William IV.
Victoria's German-born mother, Victoria Duchess of Kent, was heavily influenced by the ambitious Sir John Conroy, who may have been her lover. Aware that she would be regent if Willian IV died before her Daughter was 18, she was extremely controlling of her dughter, and devised a system of protocols for her daughter to follow (the Kensington System) designed to make her weak and dependent on her mother and Conroy.
William IV, aware of this, loathed the Duchess and Conroy and made clear his intention to survive until Victoria turned 18. From 1830-1835 the Duches and Conroy forced Victoria into a series of royal tours of the kingdom designed to raise her popularity, and they ended only when Victoria became severely ill with a fever. During her illness the Duchess pressured her to appoint Conroy as her private secretary, which Victoria fiercely resisted.
In 1836, Victoria was introduced to royal suitors. The Duchess' brother, Leopold king of Belgium, wanted her to be the bride of his son Albert. William however, wanted her to marry Alexander, prince of the Netherlands. Several other potential suitors were introduced to Victoria. Victoria herself was immediately attracted to her cousin Albert and he became her first-choice candidate for when she was ready to marry.
Victoria turned 18 on 24th May 1837 with the king still alive as he had wished. He lived less than a month longer, dying on 20th June 1837, and Victoria became queen.
Though queen, as an unmarried young woman, Victoria was required by social convention to live with her mother, despite their differences over the Kensington System and her mother's continued reliance on Conroy. Her mother was consigned to a remote apartment in Buckingham Palace, and Victoria often refused to see her. When Victoria complained to her prime-minister Melbourne that her mother's close proximity promised "torment for many years", Melbourne sympathised but said it could be avoided by marriage, which Victoria called a "shocking alternative". She showed interest in Albert's education for the future role he would have to play as her husband, but she resisted attempts to be rushed into wedlock.
Nevertheless, Victoria, had fallen in love and praised Albert highly following his second visit in October 1839. Victoria, as was her royal perogative, proposed to him on 15 October 1839, just five days after he had arrived at Windsor. They were married on 10 February 1840, in the Chapel Royal of St James's Palace, London.
Albert replaced Lord Melbourne as her confidant and chief adviser, and they produced nine children before his death in 1861.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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Never-followed unfollowers eliminated = 2
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
The week begins with things feeling in balance, disciplines in place and the cosy comfort of "usual routine".
Father's Day was a treat in both having the lunchtime domestic chores done for me and spending quality time with Son.
The last few weeks have been a learning experience about fragility and the ephemeral nature of things. I have certainly learned that to fulfil my remaining roles, I need to pay attention to the right things and maintain a healthy balance that does not maintain itself without conscious effort.
This healthy balance is about doing the right things at the right time. The Discipline of Grounding has therefore never been more important. In every given moment, my intention is to make the difference that I want to make to the maximum.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is your life in healthy balance?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry throughout, brightening up considerably after noon.
1009 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
If you know you're going to regret it in the morning, sleep in until noon :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Amy Anderson - Asians are cheap dates
ZZ Top is the world's most stable band, going since 1969 with no lineup changes
9. ZEN WISDOM
You are the part of you that's listening