Queen Victoria in an open coach, February 15, 1892. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
We have photographic evidence that Queen Victoria smiled, at least once, in the period after the loss of her beloved Prince Albert. But we can understand her dourness; after all, there had been several attempts on her life, the loss of some of her children, demonstrations of anti-royal feelings from her subjects, and the British Empire’s heavy burden of civilizing and protecting native peoples all around the globe. But, in this rare moment, we wonder what made her forget all that.