Queen Victoria was one of the most iconic monarchs in history. Her full name was Alexandria Victoria. She was born on the 24th May 1819 in Kensington Palace in London, England to Edward, Duke of Kent, and Princess Maria Louisa Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfald.
She became Queen of England on June 20th 1837 at the age of 18 years. Queen Victoria succeeded her uncle King William IV who had suffered a heart attack and died. Her coronation took place at Westminster Abbey a year later in June 1838.
Fast Facts: –
- Queen Victoria actually defined the Victorian Age that was named after her.
- She was the first reigning monarch to take up residence at Buckingham Palace.
- She served as queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 and as empress of India from 1877 until her death in 1901.
- She married her first cousin Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in February 1840. They had 9 children together.
- She was an adept linguist, fluent in both English and German and also spoke French, Italian, and Latin.
- During her reign a total of six attempts were made to assassinate her but all of them were unsuccessful.
- Her husband died in December 1861 and she never recovered from his death. For the rest of her life she dressed in black as a sign of mourning.
- Queen Victoria died in January 1901, aged 81. She was buried beside her husband Albert at Frogmore Mausoleumnear Windsor.
- She had a lot of famous places and sites named after her such as the state of Queensland, Victoria Falls, the city of Victoria, and Victoria Square.