Montrealers as well as other Canadians have a federal based system of prime ministers. We continue now with the Queens of England and go on to Montreal’s only female Prime Minister of Canada, and end with the women Governor Generals of Canada.
To learn more about Canadian Prime Ministers and other Canadian or Quebec politics, both McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal offer wonderful political science degrees.
English Montrealers are enjoy British history while French Montrealers enjoy the history of France.
Queen Victoria: The Empress of India and Her Relationship with Benjamin Disraeli
Prince Albert died of typhoid fever in December of 1871. Queen Victoria was totally lost without him. She retreated to her home at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands where she grieved in private. She withdrew from all public life for 10 years, which was very disturbing for an English Monarch to do.
Queen Victoria, was not exempt from her duties as monarch and so she did the minimum required of her. She carried on her administrative duties by reading the parliamentary dispatches. However, she refused to be present in person to open the parliamentary sessions.
The alienation from the public further added to her unpopularity with the public and got many parliamentarians to question if she even deserved the money she was paid for her administrative duties.
More talk of scandal
It appeared the saga had come full circle. While Queen Victoria was grieving, she befriended a young Scottish servant in her employ. His name was John Brown. The relationship between the two were so close that rumours again spread that she was having an affair with him; just like those rumours surfaced when she was a young woman of 18 and was uncomfortably close to Sir John Conway.
Some thought she was secretly married to Brown and many were so infuriated that they were advocating for the abolishment of the British Monarchy.