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Old 08-15-2013, 05:58 PM
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Queen Victoria's wedding

I remember reading somewhere that Queen Victoria didn't want to marry under the flag of slavery. Did some of you read about this? Also I don't know if this was told by one of her nannies that stayed close to her. This nanny traveled all around the world with Queen Victoria or at least with a family that was very close to Queen Victoria. I tried to find more information about this matter, but I didn't find anything. I don't have much knowledge about the aristocracy during the time of Queen Victoria. But to my understanding only girls from good families became nannies or governesses to the children of the aristocratic families or the royalty.

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Old 08-15-2013, 08:57 PM
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What would be the flag of slavery?
Victoria did not travel all around the world, she pretty much limited her travel outside of Britain to France, Belgium and Germany.
As far as I know her only nanny/governess was Baroness Lehzen, who was sent back to Germany after Victoria married Albert, and lived there in retirement until her death.

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Old 08-15-2013, 11:24 PM
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The flag of England at that time. England was involved in the slave trade. Maybe the nanny I was referring to, worked for a family that was close to Queen Victoria.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:40 PM
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England did not exist as an independent state at the time of Victoria's reign, it hadn't for a while at that point. By the time of the start of Victoria's reign it had been illegal to trade slaves in all but 3 territories controlled by the British Empire for 4 years. While not all slaves had been automatically freed in 1833, a process to free them had been established and was expected to be completed by 1840. I believe, although I could be wrong, that slavery had already been abolished within Britain and it was just the colonies that were holding out.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:25 PM
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I could see that if slavery still existed in the British Empire, Queen Victoria may have been dismayed by this fact but I doubt that it would have made her hesitate to get married. She was madly in love with Albert and that would have been uppermost in her mind.
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