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July 31, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A pair of Queen Victoria's bloomers, with a 50-inch waist, were snapped up for $9,000 by a Canadian buyer at a central England auction. The handmade knickers -- which date to the 1890s -- bear the monogram "VR" for Victoria Regina. The royal drawers belonged to a family in western England whose ancestor was a lady-in-waiting for the queen, who was said to be 5 feet tall. Also up for auction was Queen Victoria's chemise, with a 66-inch bust. It sold for $8,000. Her nightgown sold for $11,000.
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December 19, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
LONDON - The first time Judi Dench witnessed the power of acting, she was 7 and saw her brother get away with using a swear word. Dench was accompanying her parents to a boarding school performance of "Macbeth," with her oldest sibling in the role of King Duncan. "He came on stage and said, 'What bloody man is that?'" Dench said, with a gasp. "I thought, 'What did he say?'" Now 79, Dench has performed nearly every play of Shakespeare, Chekhov and Ibsen, as well as the role of M in seven James Bond films; Queen Elizabeth in "Shakespeare in Love," for which she won her Oscar in 1998; and Queen Victoria in "Mrs.
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July 31, 2004 | From Associated Press
England's Queen Victoria is most often remembered as a dour, elderly widow whose long reign came to symbolize steadfastness and middle-class sensibility. Now Buckingham Palace is showing a different side of the monarch as part of a special exhibition that opens today on the role music has played for more than 250 years in the palace. The exhibition reveals the queen as a vivacious young woman who loved to dance.
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December 10, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Whatever form Irish novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry happens to be working in, you can be sure that he will be drunk with language. Words make him swoon. He loves the way they sound and slide off each other, the singsong rhythms they fall into under his wand, their echo in time. This devotion to verbal patterning is both his signal strength and conspicuous weakness as a dramatist. In "The Steward of Christendom," Barry's 1995 play now being revived at the Mark Taper Forum as a star vehicle for Brian Dennehy, retrospective prose substitutes for dramatic action.
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March 1, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Queen Mary, meet Queen Victoria . That's pretty much how the introduction would go if these two Cunard ships -- one docked in Long Beach, one on its way to the Panama Canal -- could speak. Instead, the ships  will exchange a whistle salute amid fireworks when they "meet"  Thursday in Long Beach Harbor. Admission to the Queen Mary, usually $24.95 plus tax for adults, will be free to mark what Cunard calls a "royal rendezvous. " Queen Victoria is expected to sail into Long Beach Harbor between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. and rendezvous with its sister ship between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. The ship opens to visitors for free at 10 a.m.; guided tours and dining, however, are not free.
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February 4, 2011 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A new queen is visiting Los Angeles this winter: The Queen Victoria ocean liner. This sedate and oh-so-British Cunard Line vessel, which called Jan. 30 in L.A., will return Feb. 13 for a four-night round trip to Ensenada, Mexico . Her other 2011 sailings from here will be longer. Among them is a 14-night round trip to Hawaii that departs Feb. 17; a 15-night Panama Canal cruise that departs March 3 and ends in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a 42-night cruise that extends the March 3 itinerary to other ports in the Caribbean, Portugal and other destinations, ending in England ; and another 14-night round trip to Hawaii, which departs Dec. 21. Art Sbarsky, a correspondent  for Cruise Week , an industry newsletter, who sailed on the the Queen Victoria en route to the West Coast, filed a report this week that said, in part:     "This is a decidedly classy, quiet, elegant ship that attracts an older audience with virtually no kids.
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February 22, 2001 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Victoria was queen of England for more than 63 years, and she'll be ruling the roost until the end of April at the presidential library in Simi Valley, where a world-class exhibit explains her amazing story. "Queen Victoria: Powerful Ruler of a Mighty Empire," on exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, marks the centennial of the monarch's death.
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February 2, 1992 | Florence King, King's new book, "With Charity Toward None: A Fond Look at Misanthropy" (St. Martin's Press), will be published in March
Toward the end of Queen Victoria's 64-year reign, an elderly English gentlewoman attended a performance of the tempestuous Sarah Bernhardt in "Antony and Cleopatra." When the final curtain was rung down, the old lady turned to her companion and said: "How different, how very different, from the home life of our dear Queen." The monarch who came to symbolize traditional family values and middle-class morality grew up under conditions that today's social workers would find disturbingly familiar.
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May 16, 1993 | ALAN BALDWIN, REUTERS
The grieving Queen Victoria was so overcome by the memorial to her late husband that his bronze effigy was hidden, like some enormous caged parrot, under a black drape whenever she passed. More than a century later, his Royal Highness Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha is under wraps again. But this time, to the dismay of many Londoners, his renowned Gothic canopied memorial in fashionable Kensington is to stay hidden until the 21st Century.
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December 19, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
LONDON - The first time Judi Dench witnessed the power of acting, she was 7 and saw her brother get away with using a swear word. Dench was accompanying her parents to a boarding school performance of "Macbeth," with her oldest sibling in the role of King Duncan. "He came on stage and said, 'What bloody man is that?'" Dench said, with a gasp. "I thought, 'What did he say?'" Now 79, Dench has performed nearly every play of Shakespeare, Chekhov and Ibsen, as well as the role of M in seven James Bond films; Queen Elizabeth in "Shakespeare in Love," for which she won her Oscar in 1998; and Queen Victoria in "Mrs.
NEWS
August 1, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Those who want to rub elbows with royalty -- and can't make the jaunt  across the pond -- should head this month to the kingdom of Big Bear and its Renaissance Faire. New this year is the Tea Pavilion, where visitors can enjoy a cuppa and a special treat with Queen Elizabeth I. They will learn about the Renaissance from the queen herself and her special "guests," which may include Queen Victoria and the Queen of the Gypsies. Sir John Smythe of the queen's royal court is hosting a similar gathering called the Warrior's Table, where guests can mingle with the Knights of Mayhem, pirates and more.
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July 22, 2013 | By Patt Morrison, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
• For the first time in more than 100 years, four generations of present and future British monarchs will be alive at the same time: Queen Elizabeth II, her son and heir apparent, Charles, Prince of Wales; William, the Duke of Cambridge; and the new baby, Prince of Cambridge. Queen Victoria, who died in 1901, posed for a photograph with her son, the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII; his son, the Duke of York, the future King George V, and the Duke of York's eldest son, the future King Edward VIII.
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July 17, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
It was late October 2011, and their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were still in honeymoon mode when Britain and its Commonwealth agreed that the first baby Cambridge, boy or girl, would become the future monarch. This is a bigger deal than you think. For nearly 1,000 years, the dumbest, least able royal boy was regarded as better monarch material than the smartest royal girl. A princess only got to become the sovereign if all her brothers died or were killed.
TRAVEL
April 21, 2013 | By Karl Zimmermann
LAHAINA, Hawaii - "Here, take this one," Elisa said, lifting an orchid lei from her shoulders and draping it on Laurel's. "Aloha. " My wife, Laurel, and I were in the tender queue with Elisa, our "port shopping specialist," at Lahaina on Maui, waiting to be shuttled to Cunard Line's Queen Victoria for the final six nights of our 14-night round trip from Los Angeles to the Hawaiian Islands. Laurel had put off buying a lei and the vendors were sold out, so Elisa had generously given hers - a typically Hawaiian act of sharing.
NEWS
April 8, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
The closest figure to Margaret Thatc her in British history wasn't another prime minister. Nor was it even Boudica, the legendary first-century British tribal queen who defied the Romans. She's closer to Queen Victoria, a woman in what was regarded as a man's job, and one who came to know her mind and exercise an iron will. Margaret Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, remains Britain's only female prime minister, but her impact was not as a woman - she was one of those women who tended to pull up the ladder after her - but as a political revolutionary.
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June 27, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Big Ben clock tower, one of London's best-known landmarks, has been renamed Elizabeth Tower as a diamond jubilee gift to Queen Elizabeth II. The House of Commons Commission made the decision Monday for the tower that was completed in 1859, but no official renaming has yet been scheduled, according to the British Parliament's website. Though everyone has been calling the decorative Parliament tower Big Ben, the nickname actually applies only to the Great Bell, the very one that strikes the time.
NEWS
January 23, 2008
Queen Victoria: A story in Sunday's Travel section on the new Queen Victoria ocean liner incorrectly referred to passenger Michelle Grant of Santa Monica as a travel manager. She is a talent manager.
WORLD
October 17, 2011
LONDON (AP) — A small town that honored British soldiers killed in Afghanistan as their bodies were returned home received a royal title Sunday for its compassion — the first such honor granted to a town in over 100 years. Princess Anne delivered the Letters Patent — official documents from her mother Queen Elizabeth II — to the town of Wootton Bassett, giving it official permission to change its name to Royal Wootton Bassett. The bodies of soldiers killed in Afghanistan used to be repatriated to the RAF Lyneham airbase near Wootton Bassett, 85 miles (135 kilometers)
TRAVEL
April 3, 2011 | Jay Jones
Her Majesty the Queen apparently is a fan of the charming Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria, Canada. Named after Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother and empress of India, Queen Elizabeth II has visited the regal British Columbia landmark six times during her nearly 60-year reign. In her honor, the hotel has a set of fine china created exclusively for use during royal visits. That exclusivity, however, is about to disappear. For three evenings, April 29 and 30, and May 1, commoners will be able to dine on the posh china in the Empress Room.
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