Before she became the longest-reigning British monarch in history, Queen Victoria was a young princess whose bright imagination filled more than 43,000 pages of journals.
Now a children’s story she wrote when she was just 10 years old is set to be published this summer. Dedicated to Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, her “dear Mamma,” the book is the earliest piece of her written work ever to be published.
The Adventures of Alice Laselles by Alexandrina Victoria, Aged 10 and ¾ is the tale of 12-year-old Alice, who finds herself sent to boarding school when her father remarries.
In a press release announcing the book’s June 8 publication, the Royal Collection Trust says the book “reveals Victoria’s natural flair for writing, as well as her active imagination and tendency for the romantic, which was very much in keeping with the tone of children’s literature at the time.”
The book also features illustrations that have been produced using digitally manipulated copies of the paper dolls made by Victoria with her governess Baroness Louise Lehzen.
A keen writer, Victoria kept 141 journal volumes from the age of 13 and became a best-selling author during her lifetime. The mother of nine sat on the throne a historic 63 years until her death in 1901.
Author Jacqueline Wilson, known for her Tracy Beaker children’s series, wrote the book’s introduction and said in a statement, “If Victoria hadn t been destined to be Queen, I think she might have made a remarkable novelist.”