After Reg passed away, I wished that I could just freeze time. I wanted nothing to change, which seems a pretty typical response for many widows/widowers. Queen Victoria was a perfect example of this. After her husband, Prince Albert, died, she kept his room, where he had died, unaltered for the rest of her life. After he died, she had the royal photographer take a photograph of the room. That way, the staff could clean and preserve every item, including his many books and lists, and put them back exactly as they had been when Albert died. By doing this, she could freeze the room in time, as if he had stepped away and would be home soon.
She had fresh flowers delivered to his room every day, and the glass from which he took his last sip remained on his bedside table. She had a plaster cast made of his ear, so she could pretend she was talking to him at night; she had a plaster cast of his hand, so it was the first thing she touched each morning, just like in life. She kissed his pillow whenever she entered his room and kneeled and prayed by his bed before going to bed at night. The royal staff filled his shaving mug with hot water every morning to prepare for his morning shave. The staff laid out his clothes and fresh linens for him each day. Victoria also hung a photograph of Albert above his side of the bed at their homes in Windsor, Balmoral, and Osborne.
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