By Roya Nikkhah, Arts Correspondent of the UK’s Telegraph
She is portrayed as a repressed and melancholy widow who spent much of her life clad in black.
But a new art exhibition will challenge this traditional view of Queen Victoria by revealing her as a passionate, open-minded woman.
Victoria & Albert: Art & Love is the first-ever show to focus on the enthusiasm for art shared by Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and her husband, Prince Albert.
It reveals the couple’s starkly-differing attitudes towards works of art, with the queen favouring titillating images featuring plenty of naked flesh, while her husband appears prudish by comparison.