About a third of In The Eye of The Beholder takes place in London in the 1890s. While she is not officially mentioned in the text, Queen Victoria was the reigning monarch during this time.
Victoria came to the throne upon her father’s death in 1837; the three uncles who would have been ahead of her in the line of succession had already passed away and there were no other possible heirs. She was 18 years old.
Three years after ascending the throne,
Victoria married a German cousin, Prince Albert. They had nine children. Prince Albert was never crowned king, but remained Prince Consort. He was actively involved in education reform, and the abolition of slavery. The two were deeply in love and attached to one another; Albert was one of Victoria’s most trusted advisors. After Albert’s death in 1861, Queen Victoria became quite reclusive. She wore mourning for the rest of her life.
Victoria’s reign was notable for industrial expansion and development, the breadth of the empire she ruled, and also for development of constitutional monarchy. Her name became associated with an entire age; she reigned for 64 years.