For today's special treat, we’re going all the way back to Wivenhoe and the year of our lord 1861. This photo has been plucked from The Watcher’s vaults and clearly shows a 24-year-old Queen Victoria outside her winter residence in Victoria Close.
One of the very first crude examples of photography, our exclusive shot shows Vicky with Albert Prince Consort and a young Peter Stringfellow.
A famously liberal monarch for her time, Vix notoriously liked to smoke aluminium, inhale poppers and famously invented swinging. As the history books tell it, wealthy lords and ladies from across the land would gather at one of the Queen’s glamorous ‘Tupperware parties’, toss the keys to their horse and carriage into a glorious golden goblet and then do the wild thing with the owner of which ever keys their servants plucked from within.
As was common at the time Vicky had numerous men on the go and historians believe that a number of the people living in Wivenhoe today are distant relatives of the Queen and a result of her rather unladylike ways.
So why not use this weekend as an opportunity to celebrate Victoria’s legacy? (Lest we forget she invented Vicks VapoRub, Victoria's Secret underwear shops and was the inspiration for Victoria Beckam). Get together with your friends and neighbours, toss your horse and carriage keys into a bowl and let the festivities begin.