The description of the party that managed to reach Britain from Germany on 24 April 1819, just a month before the birth of the baby girl, so that to allow her to be born on British soil and make possible her future accession to the Throne:
"[...] on the twenty-eighth of the month [of March], the Duke's party set off from Amorbach [Germany] for Calais, with several pet dogs and songbirds, in a strange, unwieldly caravan of carriages. The Duke and Duchess led the way in a phaeton, the Duke himself driving to save the cost of a coachman. They were followed by the Duke's barouche, containing the Duchess's lady-in-waiting, Baroness Späth, and Frau Siebold, a skilled obstetrician who had qualified as surgeon at the University of Göttingen. Then, trundling after them, came a spare, unoccupied post-chaise, followed by a second post-chaise containing the Duchess's daughter, Princess Fedora, her governess and the English midservants. Following these were a cabriolet with two cooks, a caravan with an English manservant looking after the royal plate, a second phaeton, two gigs (one containing the Duke's valet, Mathieu, and the Duchess's footman; the other, two clerks), and lastly a curricle with the Duke's personal phisician, Dr Wilson." page 11
"[...] she was later persuaded to tolerate the installation of gas lighting at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. But candles remained the preferred lighting at Balmoral since she considered 'this old-fashioned style cosier'. Towards the end of the Queen's life, Sarah Tooley was told that 'she does not take to the electric light and will not have it introduced into the Royal Palaces'(The Personal Life of Queen Victoria, 1901, 266). In fact, it was introduced, even in Balmoral, in the 1890s. 'It brightens up one's bedroom very much,' wrote Lady Lytton, 'but the Queen does not like it and feels the glare very much for her eyes [...]' Lady Lytton's Court Diary, 1961, 142)" page 181
"'I am learning a few words of hindustani', she wrote in her journal on 3 August. 'It is a great interest to me for both the language and the people, I have naturally never come into real contact with before.'" page 446
" [...] She was equally opposed at first to the introduction of the telephone. She commanded a private demonstration of this invention at Osborne House in 1878. Alexander Graham Bell's public relations officer, Kate Field, arrived on the island and from the nearby Osborne Cottage sang "Kathleen Mavourneen" down the line to the Queen who was 'not much impressed' (Victoria Glendinning, Throllope, 1992, 448). In 1896 however, telephone were installed at Windsor Castle.
The Queen was equally dismissive of that other invention, the motor car. 'I'm told', she commented, 'that they smell exceedingly nasty and are very shaky and disagreeable conveyances altogether'." page 465