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Today in History: May 24th, 1819

Photo Credit: Hulton Archive / Getty Images
Photo Credit: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Queen Victoria is Born

On this day, May 24, in 1819, one of the most influential figures in British history, Queen Victoria, was born. At the time, Britain was undergoing significant political and social changes, and the country was on the brink of the Industrial Revolution. Queen Victoria’s birth marked the beginning of a new chapter that would shape not only Britain but also the world.

Young Queen Victoria posing for a photo in an ornate gown.
One of the first photographs for which Queen Victoria ever posed, 1854. (Photo Credit: Roger Fenton / Getty Images)

Victoria was born at Kensington Palace in London to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Her full name was Alexandrina Victoria. She was the fifth in line to the throne when she was born, and her position seemed relatively unimportant at the time. However, the early deaths of her father and her uncles without legitimate heirs moved her up the line of succession.

Victoria’s path to the throne was marked by tragedy and destiny. After the death of her uncle, King William IV, she ascended the throne at the young age of 18 on June 20, 1837. Her reign, known as the Victorian era, lasted for over 63 years, making her one of the longest-reigning monarchs in British history. This period saw significant changes, including the expansion of the British Empire and major advancements in industry, science, and culture.

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Under her rule, the British Empire grew to its greatest extent, making Britain a dominant global power. The era was also marked by significant social changes and the rise of the middle class, as well as advancements in technology and industry that would lay the foundations for the modern world. Her influence is still felt in many aspects of contemporary society, and she remains a significant historical figure, and countries like Canada even celebrate Victoria Day in her honor.

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