Victoria reigned during a time when drastic changes were taking place in the arts, sciences, cultural and industrial sectors of the country. Along with her husband Prince Albert, Queen Victoria took great interest in all these areas and created a visible constitutional monarchy. As part of this increased visibility, Victoria became patron of 150 organisations across the UK. These included dozens of charities, one of which was RNIB, then known as the British and Foreign Blind Association for Improving the Embossed Literature of the Blind and Promoting their Employment. She became our charity’s first patron in 1875 and took a great deal of interest in our work for blind and partially sighted people. On a number of occasions, Queen Victoria was known to have used blind scribes, provided by us, to take down dictation.