Queen Victoria, Alexandria Victoria, queen of Great Britain, Ireland and Empress of India, was born in London on May 24, 1819, the only child of the Duke of Kent who was the fourth son of George III. She became queen at the death of her uncle George IV on June 20, 1837 and was crowned June 28, 1838. Queen Victoria, like many of the royal family in England accumulated great wealth. Much of the royal wealth was frequently used to support expenses for wars, growth or domestic problems. As the wealth grew it was kept int he Tower of London. Now it is only used ceremonially or on formal occasions. It is, of course, a major part of the throne's wealth.
As India became more and more a major source of the Eastern
trade, the queen made many allegiances with the Indian people. One small boy
sent a magnificent diamond to the queen. He was to become the Maharajah of
Punjac. The diamond was to become one of the prized crown jewels and was kept
in the Tower of London under constant guard.
When the boy grew to manhood he traveled to England and
visited the queen in her palace in London. After a brief time, he asked to see
the diamond given many years before. The jewel was brought and presented to the
Maharajah. Taking the diamond and inspecting it, he kneeled before the queen.
He said, "Madam, I gave this jewel when I was too young to know what I was
doing. I want to give it to you in my strength, with all my heart and affection
and gratitude, now and forever, fully realizing all that I do."
As we have time let us each review how much value our soul
is and how precious it is to our Christ. It is one of his crown
jewels.Frequently we need to repledge out allegiance to the Lord of Lords, with
deep affection and love.
Pulpit Helps, date unknown.