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Re: The longest widow(er)hood
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None of these are record breakers but you may find them of interest.
They are indeed interesting examples; but the lengths of widowhood are not exceptional. If one is talking of 20+ years, there are plenty of examples -- e.g. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.
Obviously there are fewer examples of 30+ years, but aside from the aforementioned cases, Queen Victoria of Great Britain comes to mind (her widowhood lasted 39 years).
Her own youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice, was a widow even longer -- 48 years.