Whereas the French and German rulers had been widely perceived as unstoppable, the reigns of England's Queen Victoria was generally viewed as precarious and uncertain. Baha'u'llah again challenged the pundits: He informed the Queen that God had smiled upon her just and humanitarian policies and that, as a result, 'the foundations of the edifice of thine affairs will be strengthened, and the hearts of all that are beneath thy shadow, whether high or low, will be tranquillized'. Britain did indeed prosper under her administration, which lasted until 1901, fully justifying Baha'u'llah's bright forecast. (166:2)
'O Queen of London!' wrote Baha'u'llah: Incline thine ear unto the voice of thy Lord, the Lord of all mankind... He, in truth, hath come into the world in His most great glory, and all that hath been mentioned in the Gospel hath been fulfilled... We have been informed that thou hast forbidden the trading in slaves, both men and women. This, verily, is what God hath enjoined in this wondrous Revelation. God hath, truly, destined a reward for thee, because of this... We have also heard that thou hast entrusted the reins of counsel into the hands of the representatives of the people. Thou, indeed, hast done well, for thereby the foundations of the edifice of thine affairs will be strengthened, and the hearts of all that are beneath thy shadow, whether high or low, will be tranquillized (PDC 35-6) (167:1)
Of all the rulers invited by Baha'u'llah to investigate and help His Cause, only Queen Victoria offered so much as a courteous reply. 'If this is of God', she reportedly commented, 'it will endure; if not, it can do no harm' (PDC 65).. of all the dynasties whose incumbents Baha'u'llah addressed, only hers remains.