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Was This Beloved Queen of Britain a Drug User?

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Was This Beloved Queen of Britain a Drug User?

Short | 02:07

We have this image of Queen Victoria as a highly proper, disciplined monarch. But the Queen was also someone who liked to get high: from opium tinctures to chewing gum laced with cocaine.


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When most people think of Queen Victoria, they think of a woman that's straight-laced and slightly removed from the empire she presides over. But in truth, the queen was a very passionate woman--witty, rebellious, and flirtatious--who defined the Victorian Age. Uncover details from her private life, from her racy medicine cabinet to her delinquent son's sexual escapades to her alleged trysts with her servants in the years after her beloved Albert passed away.

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