During a tour with her mother the Duchess of Kent, the 13-year-old and future Queen Victoria wrote at length in her diaries of the people she encountered on her way across Britain.
She described coal miners and workers in the first pages of her new diary: "The men women, children, country and houses are all black. But I can not by any description give an idea of its strange and extraordinary appearance".
"The country is very desolate every where; there are coals about, and the grass is quite blasted and black. I just now see an extraordinary building flaming with fire."
But she was charmed by the people she met along the way, writing, "We have just changed horses at Wolverhampton a large and dirty town but we were received with great friendliness and pleasure".
Queen Victoria's early diaries are to go on show in an exhibition at Windsor Castle from next Saturday, May 17th.
The early diaries of Queen Victoria are to go on show in an exhibition at Windsor Castle,from next Saturday, May 17th.
The Duchess of Kent took her 13-year-old daughter on a series of educational tours around the country in 1832, for the public to see their future Queen, and gave the book to Victoria to record her impressions of the places they would visit together.
The exhibition Treasures from the Royal Archives is part of a visit to Windsor Castle from May 17 2014 until January 25 2015.