Happy Victoria Day!
(And to our readers outside Canada, psst, it’s Victoria Day) Queen Victoria: longest reigning British Monarch, first to be crowned Empress of India (a tad presumptuous), last of the House of Hanover, longest-lived British monarch until Elizabeth II recently surpassed her. Victoria’s reign saw 20 British governments come and go, and her name is evocative of the height of Empire, of the flowering of British sciences, letters and invention, of the Dickensian horrors of industrialization, and of class rigidity, pomposity and prudery. So enjoy the day, but keep your pleasures confined within the limits of British decency, and keep those suggestive table legs covered up.
…in nómine partridge and fillet of herring…
Vivian Stanshall as a Pied Piper in a Garret in the Palace
More doo dah after the break.
Cool Britannia ~ Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
Victoria ~ Hanson Brothers
Originally posted May 23, 2011