Queen Victoria was born on the 24 May in 1819.
Her father died eight months after she was born.Victoria was the only child of Prince Edward (Duke of Kent) and Princess Victoria Mary Louisa of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Victoria was part of a family of Germans, mainly called George, who came from Hanover.
As a girl Queen Victoria was always anxious to 'be good' - despite being passionate and strong-minded. Her liveliness and strength of character shine out from the story of her secluded childhood, as told by Professor Lynne Vallone.
Queen Victoria reigned for exactly sixty-three years, seven months, and two days (June 20, 1837 - January 22, 1901). Queen Victoria is our longest ever serving monarch She inherited the throne at the age of eighteen, upon the death of her uncle William IV who had no legitimate children (children born to married parents).
At the age of 21, Victoria married her cousin, Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, a German Prince. They married on the 10th February 1840 at the Chapel Royal in St. James's Palace. Victoria had nine children, 40 grand-children and 37 great-grandchildren, scattered all over Europe. Most of her children married into other royal families of Europe .Queen Victoria loved singing and she enjoyed painting and drawing. She loved going to the opera. Her husband died in 1861 at the age of 42. She mourned his death for almost 10 years. For the rest of her reign she wore black.
Queen Victoria had many homes. She lived in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Osborne House (Isle of Wight) and Balmoral Castle. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live in Buckingham Palace.
Queen Victoria died on 22 January, 1901 at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. She was 81.Queen Victoria was succeeded by her eldest son, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales. He became King Edward VII.