German emperor Wilhelm II helped place Victoria’s body into the coffin. As a widow, Queen Victoria wore black clothes for almost the last 40 years of her life.
The funeral of Queen Victoria, the longest-reigning queen in the history of the UK, was held on this day in 1901. Queen Victoria was also the Empress of India, and she died on 22 January 1901, which means that 11 days passed between her death and her funeral. According to her own wish, her dog Turri was laid upon her deathbed. Turri belonged to the Pomeranian breed.
Queen Victoria personally dictated the instructions according to which her funeral was conducted. As a widow, Queen Victoria wore black clothes for almost the last 40 years of her life. However, for her funeral, she ordered her body to be dressed in white, and for a wedding veil to be placed on her head.
It is interesting to note that Queen Victoria’s funeral was attended by her grandson, German emperor Wilhelm II. He was the son of Victoria’s daughter, who married German emperor Frederick III from the Hohenzollern dynasty. Together with his cousin Edward VII (who became king after Victoria’s death), Emperor Wilhelm II helped place Victoria’s body into the coffin.
The funeral was held in St. George’s chapel in Windsor Castle, and the queen’s body was then buried in the Royal Mausoleum in Frogmore. Frogmore is a royal retreat known for its beautiful gardens, and is located only a few hundred meters from Windsor Castle. Victoria’s body still lies there today, together with the body of her beloved husband Albert.