Queen Victoria by Bassano.jpgQueen Victoria, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died on February 2, 1901.

This article gives a brief summary of her life as well as a video of her funeral. It also includes little-known facts about her.

Queen Victoria:

– was born Alexandrina Victoria on May 24, 1819, at Kensington Palace, London. Her mother called her Drina. Her father — Edward, Duke of Kent — was one of George III’s sons. George III and the Duke of Kent died within a week of each other. Victoria was only seven months old.

– became heiress presumptive to her last surviving uncle William IV, who succeeded George IV in 1830.

– wore a wedding dress of white silk and lace when she married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in February 1840. The dress was considered highly unusual at the time, yet is now the most popular attire for first-time brides around the world.

– did not enjoy being pregnant, although she gave birth to nine children.

– is considered the ‘Grandmother of Europe’ because most of her children married into other European royal families.

– helped to influence the Royal Family to this day by emphasising family values and morality.

On January 22, 1901, Queen Victoria died at her home on the Isle of Wight, of which she was fond. Her body was sent on the royal yacht Alberta to the naval town of Portsmouth on the south coast of England. From there, the coffin was sent by train to London. A military cortege then transported it to Windsor Castle on a gun carriage pulled by eight white horses.

Her funeral was held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Along with her son, the new king Edward VII, her family and most of the crowned heads of Europe attended. She lay in state for two days, allowing thousands of Britons to pay their respects, before being buried in the Frogmore Mausoleum in Windsor Great Park, next to her husband Albert.

It is fascinating that Albert gave us many of our Christmas traditions and that Victoria gave us the wedding dress! This says much about the influence of our Royal Family on the rest of the world.

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