Lead: Queen Victoria of Britain and her family have often been portrayed as the perfect example of high morality and warm family values. The Queen's letters to daughter Vicky reveal something quite very different.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In 1840 the British monarch married her cousin, Prince Albert of the German state of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. She was deeply devoted to him and came to lean on him for advice on matters of state. By 1845 Charles Grenville could write, "it is obvious that while she has the title, he is really discharging the functions of the Sovereign." Her dependence on Albert was due in large part to the fact that for the better part of two decades, Victoria was producing a huge family. The Queen presented nine children in 17 years. In 1858 she wrote a series of letters to her newly married daughter, Victoria, wife of Crown Frederick of Prussia. They reveal a different side of this woman who has come to symbolize the Victorian era.

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