"Publication of this first release of Queen Victoria's Journals marks not only the anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth (24 May 1819), but also the current Diamond Jubilee celebrations of HM Queen Elizabeth II. It makes available online digital images of every page in the entire sequence of Queen Victoria's diaries, and provides full transcriptions and keyword searching of the journal entries covering the period from Queen Victoria's first diary entry in July 1832 to her marriage to Prince Albert in February 1840.
The Queen Victoria's Journals resource is the product of a unique partnership between the Bodleian Libraries and the Royal Archives, working in collaboration with the online publisher ProQuest.
This website reproduces as high-resolution colour images, every page of the surviving volumes of Queen Victoria's journals, along with separate photographs of the many illustrations and inserts within the pages.
Each page is also being meticulously transcribed and re-keyed, allowing for journals to be searched. At the time of launch, only a portion of the transcribed text will be available. More transcriptions are being added regularly as the project progresses."
For a limited time, this online collection is being made available for free to users around the world.
From July 2012 onwards it will remain freely available in perpetuity to all users within the United Kingdom as well as some specific libraries elsewhere.
Access to material in the Royal Archives, including Queen Victoria's Journals, is normally granted only to those undertaking academic research, on written application to the Senior Archivist.
For more information, please e-mail the Royal Archives or write to:
The Royal Archives,