Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria - Royal Heritage Collections
Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria always wore black after her beloved husband, Prince Albert, a German-born prince, died at a very young age. She remained in mourning for nearly 40 years. As one can see, she wore a pearl bracelet with his picture in it, as well as a picture of him in the ribbon next to the sash for the Most Noble Order of the Garter. She ruled over Great Britain and the Empire for 64 years as the oldest monarch. She became queen at the age of 18 years and died in 1901 at the age of 82 years old.
Queen Victoria was the longest reigning British Monarch; her reign lasted for more than 64 years. During this time period, rightfully termed the Victorian era, there were vast changes in the British society. Britain was at the pinnacle of the Industrial Revolution, where new advances in science and technology flourished and brought about a booming economy.
Queen Victoria was born on May 24th, 1819 at Kensington Palace in London. (Hence we have always had "Victoria Day" celebrations in Canada, commemorating the monarch's birthday. As a result we celebrate the king or queen's official birthday on the Victoria Day long weekend as a statutory holiday.) She was the only daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Princess Victoria Maria Louise of Saxe-Coburg and the granddaughter of King George III of the United Kingdom.
Queen Victoria ascended the throne on June 20th, 1837 at the age of 18. She married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840 and gave birth to nine children. She survived seven assassination attempts and lived to the age of 82. Her life ended on January 22, 1901 at Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight, as a venerable, old woman.
During her reign she oversaw the expansion of the British Empire into the greatest global economic power at the time. She was a beloved Monarch and became a symbol for morality and family values.
This print was found in a serious state of disrepair and totally restored by the owner, Reuben Bauer, an avid monarchist.
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