Her exalted rank did not give Queen Victoria immunity from the trials of a grandmother.
One of her grandsons, whose recklessness in spending money provoked her strong disapproval, wrote to the
Queen reminding her of his approaching birthday & delicately suggesting that money would be the most acceptable gift.
In her own hand she answered, sternly reproving the youth for the sin of extravagance & urging upon him the practice of economy.
His reply staggered her:
"Dear Grandma, thank you for your kind letter of advice. I have sold the same for five pounds."
“Many receive advice, only the wise profit by it.” - Publius Syrus.
Pro 19:20 (GW): “Listen to advice and accept discipline so that you may be wise the rest of your life.”
“The true secret in giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right.” Hannah Whitall Smith, Evangelist.