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Read through the following text twice before trying to answer the questions.


In 1851, Albert helped Victoria to organise a great exhibition in London’s Hyde Park. A huge building called the Crystal Palace was built to showcase the world’s latest developments in arts and science, and to celebrate recent discoveries and inventions, including the building of the railways.
Albert tragically died from typhoid fever in 1861 when the couple were just 42. Victoria was devastated and wasn’t seen in public for some time. She dressed in black as a sign of mourning for the rest of her life – nearly 40 more years. Some people questioned her ability to rule, but on return to public life she upheld her duties with renewed vigour. During Victoria’s reign, for example, the British Empire doubled in size to include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and India. Victoria became the Empress of India in 1867.

Victoria died at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight in 1901, aged 81. She was later buried beside Albert in a royal tomb near Windsor. At Victoria’s request, she was laid to rest with Albert’s dressing gown and a plaster cast of his hand. Their eldest son Albert Edward went on to take the throne (as King Edward VII) and the peaceful and prosperous Victorian Era was officially over.


Now you have read it twice, have a go at answering the following questions independently.


  1. Where was the great exhibition held?
  2. What year did Albert die?
  3. What colour did she wear for the rest of her life?
  4. In what year did Victoria become the Empress of India?
  5. What had doubled in Queen Victoria's reign?
  6. Why do you think Victoria was buried next to Albert?


Home learners please could you take a photo of your answered questions and email it to Mr Hindman on Purple Mash.