ABOUT COLLECTING QUEEN VICTORIA AUTOGRAPHS
Her Majesty Queen Victoria was a long-time ruler of Great Britain who gave her name to an era. She became Queen at the age of 18 and ruled over the British Empire for 64 years (1837-1901). With such a long reign, there are many signed official documents over this period. Along with her husband Prince Albert, she is noted for bringing serious rule and ceremony back to the monarchy after a series of unpopular predecessors. Queen Victoria’s influence and leadership would cement England’s role as a world leader.
Queen Victoria's autograph is affixed to formal documents, letters of state, and personal correspondence. Though she did respond to many letters from her constituents, she was not known for simply signing autographs for them. Marks of Queen Victoria’s signature are ornate lettering, seals of the monarchy, and the letters VRI. V stands for Victoria, the R stands for Regina, which is the latin word for Queen, and the I stands for imperatrix. Sometimes written as “RI” meaning Regina Imperatrix, this denotes her title as Empress of India.