As a princess, Victoria enjoyed a very comfortable lifestyle, surrounded by a small circle of loyal friends and family.
However, as an adult she frequently revisited events in her childhood, recounting that she had an isolated and unhappy upbringing.
Explore Kensington Palace and meet the people who influenced her most - a devoted mother, ambitious guardian and teenage Albert.
If you were in Victoria's shoes, would you agree with her?
A collection of gifts based on the latest Victoria Woman and Crown exhibition at Kensington Palace, including exclusively designed for Historic Royal Palaces, our Royal Victoria collection inspired by iconic symbols from Queen Victoria's reign.
Originally the childhood home of Queen Victoria, later home to Princess Margaret and Princess Diana and now the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace is one of the more fashionable and stylish of our palaces.