The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

January 1, 2012

January 1, 1877

"We trust that the present occasion may tend to unite in bonds of close affection ourselves and our subjects;
that from the highest to the humblest, all may feel that under our rule the great principles of liberty, equity,
and justice are secured to them; and to promote their happiness, to add to their prosperity, and advance their
welfare, are the ever present aims and objects of our Empire."

Above are the words of Queen Victoria, read to her Indian subjects on January 1, 1877. She had used the title, "Empress of India." since May 1, 1876, but the event on January 1, called the " Proclamation Durbar" was the official announcement, meant to include the transfer of India from the East India Company to the British government. This durbar, (a durbar is a court, a term used in Moghul history first) the first of three, was only attended by a British monarch, in 1911.

She did not write the speech herself, but the sentiments were close to those she felt for her pets. These included cats and dogs. She had a Persian named "White Heather", and another of that breed, named "Flypie." Both these cats survived their mistress and they were both cared for by King Edward and his wife Alexandra after Victoria died.

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