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A sparkling portrait of the court of Queen Victoria, seen through the lives of her household using never-seen-before diaries and letters. Shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Biography Award

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, read this sparkling portrait of her court, seen through the lives of her household.

‘Eye-opening and thoroughly engaging’
Sunday Times
During the sixty-three years of her reign, Queen Victoria gathered around her a household dedicated to her service. By following their lives - from governess to maid-of-honour, chaplain to personal physician - Serving Victoria offers a unique insight into the Victorian court with all its frustrations and absurdities.

Sitting squarely at its centre is Victoria, and through the eyes of her household we see a Queen who is more vulnerable, more emotional, more selfish and more comical than is generally supposed. A woman who was prone to fits of giggles, who wept easily and often, who gobbled her food and shrank from confrontation, while insisting on controlling the lives of those around her. Serving Victoria provides a glimpse of what it meant and what it was like to serve the Queen.

Shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Biography Award


An astonishing, lively and amusing account of the opinionated Queen and her odd entourage

Christopher Hirst, Independent

Finely tuned… Hubbard integrates these strands of personnel and personalities through her small group of histories, which she records so skillfully that the excellence of her prose and the lucidity of her insight are taken for granted

Mary Leland, Irish Examiner

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 2, 2013


    432 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook


    October 18, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    432 pages

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