Queen Victoria’s Children’s Book Finally Published

By Dianna Dilworth 

Victoria, Britain’s queen during the better part of the 19th century, wrote a children’s book when she was 10 years old.

That book, The Adventures of Alice Laselles, is now finally getting published. The book is about a 12-year-old girl away at boarding school. The Royal Collection released the title last week. Here is more about the book:

The young royal author tells the tale of Alice, a twelve-year-old girl who is sent away to boarding school after her father remarries.  It reveals Princess Victoria’s natural flair for writing, and tendency towards the dramatic.  When Alice learns she is to leave her home for Mrs Duncombe’s school, Victoria writes, ‘Oh do not send me away dear Pappa’, exclaimed Alice Laselles, as she threw her arms around her Pappa’s neck; ‘don’t send me away, O let me stay with you.’ And she sobbed bitterly.  She introduces a host of characters living at the school, including a ‘poor little French orphan’; Ernestine Duval, and Barbara, the clever daughter of a rich London banker.