On the morning of 20 June 1837, an 18-year-old girl is called from her bed to be told that she is Queen of England. The young queen's first few years are beset with court scandal and malicious gossip: There is the unsavoury Flora Hastings affair, a source of extreme embarrassment to the queen; the eternal conflict between Victoria and her mother; and the young queen's hatred for Sir John Conroy, her mother's close friend. Then there is the Prime Minster, Lord Melbourne - "Lord M" - worldly cynic and constant companion to the queen, himself a veteran of many a latter-day scandal. He proves to be her guiding light - until the dashing Price Albert appears and she falls hopelessly in love....
©1973 Jean Plaidy (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
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