It's the reason Rasputin, a mystic healer of ill repute, was so intimately employed by the Romanovs. No one else knew that, though, as the prince's condition was kept a closely guarded secret. Everyone else --- the court, the public, etc --- was left to wonder why this crazy man was so ingratiated to the royal family and why they so passionately defended him.
They were autocratic, ineffectual leaders, and didn't have a great reputation to begin with, so this is really just one of the many mitigating factors that led to Russian Revolution, but it certainly played a part.
Elizabeth II became queen over 50 after the death of Victoria, so her longer reign since then has no bearing on events between 1837 and 1901 when Victoria was on the throne.
The correct answer here should be George III who Victoria replaced as the longest serving monarch during her reign.
Don't be so anal.
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