Members of the public can read the personal journals of Queen Victoria online following work by experts at the Bodleian.

Researchers have put 43,000 pages from her 141 journals on a website for members of the public to examine.

The journals had only previously been accessible by formal request at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. The online collection was created to mark this year’s Diamond Jubilee. It has taken staff from the library eight months to produce.

Queen Victoria’s journals cover her 63 years on the throne, from her coronation and her marriage to Prince Albert to her Diamond Jubilee of 1897. She was noted for being a prolific writer who would record her thoughts daily.

Digital images have been taken of every page of the surviving volumes, along with photographs of the many illustrations within the pages.