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Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia is the ninth fictional diary in The Royal Diaries series. The book was published in November 2001 and was written by Anna Kirwan. It was followed by Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country. Victoria was also published in the My Story spin-off, My Royal Story, in 2010.

Dedication[]

"For my aunts and uncles"

Book description[]

"29 May
...I had to kiss His Majesty's hand. Really, one kisses the air over his hand, and that's a good thing, for he's so glistening with lotions and powders to cover the liver spots on his skin, which he hates...
Aunt Soap says he was a beautiful lad when he was young. "Prinny was the handsomest Prince ever. His curls were the colour of honey on toast, like that red-gold Russian sable the Princess de Lieven wears." Now, unfortunately, his beauty has quite fled. Perhaps he does wear a corset, as I once heard Lady C. remark—though I can't see that it does much good. (I'm sure she would be shocked to know I overheard. But I do wonder why so many people seem to think a young person's ears do not work unless they are instructed to by some adult.)
"

"In 1829 Victoria is a lonely little girl, being brought up in obscurity by her widowed mother.
But Victoria is no ordinary child.
King George IV is her uncle, and she is the eldest grandchild of King George III. She is closer to the throne than she ever imagined. Someday she will be Queen Victoria...
"

""I celebrated my tenth birthday five days ago. Yesterday I attended the royal ball. So much has happened!"
Victoria is no ordinary child—King George IV is her uncle, and she is the eldest grandchild of King George III. In 1829 she is a lonely little girl, hidden from the world and being brought up by her widowed mother. That is, until she makes a startling discovery, and becomes closer to the throne than she ever would have imagined...
"

""I can see that I must be brave and give up a good deal that I love because the fate of nations requires me not to be selfish."
In 1829 Victoria is a lonely little girl, being brought up in obscurity by her widowed mother. But Victoria is no ordinary child. King George IV is her uncle, and she is the eldest grandchild of King George III. She is closer to the throne than she ever imagined. Someday she will be Queen Victoria...
"

Plot[]

Epilogue[]

Historical Note[]

Characters[]

Main article: List of Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia characters

Author[]

Main article: Anna Kirwan

Editions[]

Acknowledgements[]

"I am grateful for the encouragement and assistance of many friends and poets. Michael Wolff has been especially useful, as usual. Jane Yolen and David Stemple mended a wing for me. Ellie Cook, sine qua non. Wise and patient Ginger Knowlton, patient and wise Sonia Black, panic averting Danielle Denega; AWA ears eyes hearts; mes delices, Korena, Max, Rob; Elizabeth, Karen, Mary-Beth, Susan, Bill,—Thank you."

Notes[]

  • American artist Tim O'Brien illustrated the cover of the original The Royal Diaries series.
  • The cover of the first My Story edition was illustrated by Richard Jones.
  • Euan Cook illustrated the cover of the third My Story edition of the book.[10]

References[]

See also[]

Resources:
File:Victoria Book Talk.pdf, File:Victoria Teacher's Notes.pdf



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