Editor says, what if Edward Oxford had assassinated Queen Victoria? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality Edward Oxford missed his shots. He was acquitted on grounds of insanity and taken to Bethlem Royal Hospital before ultimately being exiled to Australia. Queen Victoria went on to rule until 1901, during which time Britain undertook major reforms and expanded into the British Empire, governing one-quarter of the Earth's people. She had nine children, all married into the royal houses of Europe and infamously carrying hemophilia. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.