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Queen Victoria writes letters at a table piled with despatch boxes Photo: Getty

Queen Victoria & Karim Abdul. To her great satisfaction, Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India in 1876 and afterward imported an Indian flavor to her court, employing a number of Indians as her servants. Karim Abdul became a servant to the Queen?s household in 1887 and was promoted to be the Queen?s personal secretary handling matters relating to India in 1894. Victoria is shown here working on her boxes containing state papers while seated in her garden tent at Frogmore House, Windsor, with Karim Abdul attending her.

Queen Victoria

The Queen, who died in January 1901 aged 81, has always been portrayed as a sexually and emotionally repressed monarch, but Queen Victoria was actually extremely enthusiastic on both men and sex.

After marrying her cousin, Prince Albert, she recounted their passionate wedding night in a letter.

She said:

“It was a gratifying and bewildering experience. I never, never spent such an evening. His excessive love and affection gave me feelings of heavenly love and happiness. He clasped me in his arms and we kissed each other again and again.”

Victoria was incredibly fond of making love to Albert.

She enjoyed the physical side of their relationship – but rarely the consequences. At one point, she had nine children under 15 and deeply resented the physical and emotional repercussions of child-bearing, because pregnancy and babies got in the way of sex.

One of the things that Albert did when he built Osborne House was to install a special bolt in their bedroom so that if they wanted to get it on, all they?d have to do is push a button by the bed and the door would be locked so no servants or children would interrupt them.

Victoria described sex as ‘heavenly love-making’. After the birth of their youngest child, Princess Beatrice, in 1857, Victoria?s doctor, Sir James Reid, gave her a stern warning against attempting any further pregnancies.

The Queen, then 38, was apparently devastated and was said to have responded: ?Oh Sir James! Am I not to have any more fun in bed??

Albert had a risque portrait commissioned of Victoria, which was not considered appropriate to show to the public.

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Photo: ? Bettmann/Corbis. Princess Marie Marguerite Fahmy, French wife of late Prince Ali Fahmy of Egypt, was a lover of the Prince of Wales.

Photo: ? Bettmann/Corbis.
Princess Marie Marguerite Fahmy, French wife of late Prince Ali Fahmy of Egypt, was a lover of the Prince of Wales.

?What Have I Done, My Dear!

What have I done!”

The Two Princes, the Fran?aise and the perfect murder ? How Marguerite Alibert became Princess Fahmy and shot her husband at the Savoy ?

Late-night diners at the Savoy Hotel in?London?paused between mouthfuls and stared at each other in amazement.?At one of the tables an unseemly row had broken out ? shrieks of rage from a bejeweled French woman in a chic satin Chanel gown, howls of anger from her youthful white-tie-and-tailed Middle Eastern husband.

?Shut up, or I?ll smash this bottle of wine over your head,? she screamed at the top of her voice.

?And I?ll do the same to you,? he hurled back, until waiters intervened to try to calm them down.

To those in the know, this was just another everyday argy-bargy in the volatile six-month marriage of 32-year-old Marguerite, high-class Parisian hooker and notorious gold-digger, and 22-year-old Prince Ali Fahmy, effeminate, filthy-rich Egyptian playboy, besotted with her and intensely jealous.?They were forever clawing and scratching each other, biting and kicking.

But it was more than that this time. A few hours later during a violent thunderstorm, that night in July 1923, there was more loud cursing and rowing in the corridor outside their suite ? followed by the sound of three pistol shots fired in rapid succession.?A hotel porter who rushed to investigate found Ali slumped against a wall in a pool of blood, a bullet through his head, and a hysterical Marguerite bending over his body and crying out, ?J?ai lui tir?? ? ?I?ve shot him.?

If ever there was an open-and-shut murder case, this seemed it. The ambitious Marguerite ? who had slept her way out of the gutter by selling her sexual favours, reeled in scores of wealthy lovers and landed a prince ? seemed certain to be heading for a date with the hangman.?And yet, ten weeks later, after an Old Bailey trial that had Press and public agog at all the lurid sexual details unearthed, she was acquitted. It was one of the most sensational turnarounds in British legal history. How could this have happened?

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10th February 1840: Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901) and Prince Albert (1819 - 1861) on their return from the marriage service at St James's Palace, London. Original Artwork: Engraved by S Reynolds after F Lock. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

10th February 1840: Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901) and Prince Albert (1819 – 1861) on their return from the marriage service at St James’s Palace, London. Original Artwork: Engraved by S Reynolds after F Lock. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

The Stalker who Stole Queen Victoria’s Underwear

He caused a right royal fuss by breaking into Buckingham Palace, sitting on the throne, sleeping in a servant?s bed and even stealing Queen Victoria?s knickers.

But brazen Edward Jones has earned a place in the history books ? as the world?s first celebrity stalker. Even by the standards of modern celebrity culture, the 14-year-old went to astonishing lengths to get close to the object of his admiration by breaking into the palace.

Edward Jones, or?the boy Jones, as he was called by the British newspapers of the early?Victorian era, was a notorious intruder into?Buckingham Palace?between 1838 and 1841.? In 1838, aged 14, he entered Buckingham Palace, disguised as a?sweep. He was caught by a porter in the Marble Hall and, after a chase, captured by the police in?St James?s Street, with Queen Victoria?s underwear stuffed down his trousers and even twice sat on her throne!

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