[v] TO her own people Queen Victoria was England itself, the emblem of the realm and of the empire. To millions who
were not her people the words "the Queen" always brought
to thought the well-beloved woman who for nearly
sixty-four years wore the crown of Great Britain
and gave freely to her country of the gift that was in her.
Other women have been controlled by devotion to duty, other women have been moved to action by readiness of
sympathy, but few have united so harmoniously a strong determination to do the right with a never-failing
gentleness, a childlike sympathy with unyielding strength of purpose.
Happy is the realm that can count on the list
of its sovereigns one whose career was so
[vi] strongly marked by
unfaltering faithfulness, by honesty of aim, and by statesmanlike wisdom of action.