From her extensive family, to the companions she loved and the politicians who vied for her support; Victoria introduces a variety of intriguing characters who each played a part in the iconic queen’s life.
Explore this tool to discover more about the characters we meet and their roles in the ballet, as well as historical information on the real person on which they are based.
Sir John Conroy
Victoire’s companion and comptroller of her household. Ambitious and self-serving, he has a powerful influence over Victoire and is hated by Victoria for his tyranny.
Born: 1786 in Caerhun, Wales
Died: 1854 Reading, England
Sir John Conroy was a former British Army officer who served Victoire, Victoria’s mother, as comptroller of her household. The ambitious Conroy held significant influence over Victoire and together they designed a restrictive system of upbringing for Victoria who came to hate Conroy and expelled him from her household as soon as she became queen.
Formerly Albert’s servant at Balmoral and now Victoria’s. Strong and down to earth, he is a favourite of the Queen but hated by her children and subjects who disapprove of his familiarity with the Queen.
Born: 1826 in Crathie, Scotland
John Brown worked as a ghillie (an outdoor servant) at Balmoral Castle, Victoria and Albert’s Highland residence. After Albert’s death, Victoria became increasingly close to Brown, appointing him as her personal attendant. The exact nature of their relationship is unknown but Brown was highly resented by members of Victoria’s family. It is alleged that, alongside items of Albert’s, Victoria requested to be buried with a lock of Brown’s hair, his photograph, his mother’s wedding ring and several of his letters.