Osborne House, located on the Isle of Wright (off the coast of England) and favorite home of Queen Victoria, isn’t a place I’d have been interested in if I hadn’t watched a documentary about it. Sex at Osborne House caught my attention as a matter of curiosity.

Victoria, barely 18 years-old, became Great Britain’s queen in 1837. She fell in love with her first cousin, the German prince Albert, who could never become king even though they married. Prince Albert struggled to find a place for himself—something he would be remembered for besides helping Victoria produce nine children.

Young Queen Victoria and Prince Alber
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 1854

The pair wanted a private residence for holidays where they felt safe. When they found Osborne House with it’s own beach, both of them fell immediately in love with the secluded area. They purchased the original estate of 800 acres with their own money in 1845.

Prince Albert as Architect

Prince Albert took over the project of turning the house into a comfortable home by tearing down the existing building. Not using an architect, he designed the three-story Italian villa himself. Although Albert hired well-known builder, Thomas Cubitt, he ordered some things be done on the cheap so they would appear to have a home people could identify with rather than a palace.

Instead of expensive stone, Albert used stucco on brick, and he had the marble painted rather than using genuine marble. Modern for it’s time, the home boasted central heat.  In addition, Queen Victoria had a walk-in shower and a bathroom with hot and cold running water. Sea water was piped into her bath for those times when it was too cold to go for a swim.    

This is the original portion of Osborne House designed by Prince Albert in 1845.
The first floor contained the drawing, dining, and billiards rooms. Sense women played billiards in their low-cut cresses, a raised table kept them more presentable. Queen Victoria’s rooms and Prince Albert’s room took up the second floor, and the children were on the floor above. A central staircase connected the three floors. Later, a children’s wing and a visitor’s wing were added as needed.

Sex At Osborne House

All of that interested me, but as the program continued with decorations in the house, it surprised me that the art in their bedrooms often showed nudity. Historian Jane Ridley claims that Victoria was greedy, highly sexed, and possessed an explosive temper which Albert was scared to arouse. The couple had terrible fights, but the birth of their nine children substantiates the idea they were sexually infatuated with each other.

In fact, Albert had a special button installed so that if they were making love, he could push it and the door would lock so none of the kids would interrupt them. Although Victoria couldn’t get enough sex, she detested her nine pregnancies when Albert took over more and more of her work. She hated breast feeding and was not a doting mother.    

Over the years, the house filled with nude paintings and statues of nudes to keep their sexual interest alive. Directly across from their matching desks, placed side-by-side with Victoria’s an inch taller, hung a large painting by Winterhalter. Victoria gave the painting to Albert. Whenever he looked up from his work, this display of beautiful portly naked women filled his view.

It’s difficult to imagine the unsmiling Queen seen

in numerous photos as the sexual person she must

have been at one time.

“We are not amused.” A quote attributed to Queen

Victoria also makes it hard to see her in that way.

Do you suppose Victorian women weren’t all as

straight laced as we’ve been led to believe?

Forty-two-year-old Albert died in December of 1861 of typhoid fever. From then until the end of her life, Queen Victoria wore black in remembrance of him. Renovations and additions continued to be added to Victoria’s cherished home. Reigning until 1901, she died at the age of eighty-one at her beloved Osborne House. Her son, King Albert donated the home and all it’s furnishings to the nation after Victoria’s death.

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Barney had a blast at a birthday party at Central Wyoming Hospice where guests were dogs of employees. As ten dogs ran, played & snooped in the yard, I watched how Barney wanted to jump on a patient’s bed to help him eat a burrito.

My upcoming events include:

  • July 20 Wind City Book Store 11:00-1:00
  • August 3rd The Wild Rose Tearoom in Buffalo,WY – Time to be announced.

What I’m reading:

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    • Doctors took her cells without asking. Nonfiction
  • Mountain Refuge by Johny Weber
    • 1847 story of a 16 year old girl’s life at a mountain man’s cabin in order to escape her father and an enforced marriage. There are three books in this series by the South Dakota author. She had her books for sale at the Wyoming Writer’s Conference held in May in Casper. They’re available on Amazon.

Thanks for being my friend.

Carol

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