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Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria

Full Name: Alexandrina Victoria
Profession: Queen of the United Kingdom

Nationality:
United Kingdom
British
England
English

Why Famous: Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20th June 1837 until her death in 1901.

She inherited the throne at the age of 18 and became a national icon. Her reign of 63 years and seven months, was longer than that of any other British monarch before her, until overtaken by her great-great granddaughter Elizabeth II in 2015. Her reign is known as the Victorian era.

It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire.

Born: May 24, 1819
Birthplace: London, England
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: January 22, 1901 (aged 81)

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Married Life

  • 1840-02-10 British Queen Victoria (20) marries her cousin Albert (20) of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, later the Prince Consort at St James' Palace

Events in the Life of Queen Victoria

  • 1837-06-20 Queen Victoria at 18 ascends British throne following death of uncle King William IV. She rules for 63 years till 1901
  • 1837-07-13 Queen Victoria is 1st monarch to live in present Buckingham Palace
  • 1838-06-28 Coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbey, London
  • 1842-05-30 John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria
  • 1843-04-06 William Wordsworth is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Victoria
  • 1857-06-26 The first 62 recipients are awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean war by Queen Victoria
  • 1857-12-31 Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada
  • 1858-01-25 Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" first played, at wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia
  • 1858-08-16 Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan

  • 1861-05-13 Queen Victoria announces Britain's position of neutrality
  • 1867-04-23 Queen Victoria & Napoleon III turn down plans for a channel tunnel
  • 1867-05-20 Royal Albert Hall of Arts & Sciences foundation laid by Queen Victoria in London
  • 1871-03-29 Royal Albert Hall opened by Queen Victoria in London
  • 1873-05-24 Alexandra Palace opens on Queen Victoria's 54th birthday with a grand celebration including concerts, recitals and fireworks
  • 1877-01-01 Queen Victoria proclaimed Empress of India
  • 1882-03-02 Queen Victoria narrowly escapes assassination when Roderick Maclean shoots at her while boarding a train in Windsor
  • 1882-05-06 Epping Forest, England, dedicated by Queen Victoria
  • 1882-08-14 Queen Victoria receives Zulu chief Cetewayo
  • 1886-09-06 Queen Victoria establishes Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
  • 1887-06-21 Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria
  • 1888-09-06 Queen Victoria grants William Mackinnon's Imperial British East Africa Company political & commercial rights
  • 1889-10-29 Queen Victoria grants Cecil Rhodes rights to Zambezia
  • 1896-09-22 Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the (then) longest reigning monarch in British history
  • 1899-04-18 St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria
  • 1899-04-24 Transvaal British Uitlanders ask Queen Victoria for aid
  • 1901-01-22 After 63 years Britain stops sale of Queen Victoria postage stamps series & begins King Edward VII series
  • 1901-02-02 Queen Victoria's funeral takes place in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, England
  • 2015-09-09 Queen Elizabeth II becomes Great Britain's longest-reigning monarch at 63 years and seven months, beating the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria

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