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Today in History: June 20th, 1837

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

Princess Victoria ascends the British throne

On June 20, 1837, the young Princess Victoria became the Queen of the United Kingdom. She was only 18 years old when she received the news while staying at Kensington Palace, and marked the beginning of one of the most remarkable reigns in British history. King William IV, Victoria’s uncle, had been the reigning monarch until he passed away that day at the age of 71.

Since he had no children of his own, the throne passed to his niece, Victoria. Imagine the surprise and responsibility young Victoria felt as she learned she was now the Queen. Despite her youth, she took on the duties of the monarchy with determination.

Illustration of Queen Victoria with crown and sceptor.
Queen Victoria was crowned in 1838. (Photo Credit: Universal History Archive / Getty Images)

A year later, on June 28, 1838, Queen Victoria was crowned at Westminster Abbey in a grand ceremony. Her reign, known as the Victorian era, saw many changes. It was a time of great progress with the Industrial Revolution changing the face of Britain. During Victoria’s reign, society changed a lot. There were improvements in education, healthcare, and workers’ rights. Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, and together they became known for their support of the arts and sciences.

Queen Victoria’s reign left a lasting mark on Britain and the world. The Victorian era became a symbol of Britain’s power and influence. Victoria’s name became associated with strict morals, progress, and the British Empire’s expansion. Her reign also saw the beginning of a constitutional monarchy, where the monarch’s powers became more symbolic than governing. Even today, Queen Victoria’s era is remembered as a time of great change and innovation.

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June 20, 1837, marked the start of Queen Victoria’s reign, a period that shaped British history. Her legacy as one of the longest-reigning monarchs and her impact on society and culture are still felt today. Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne remains a significant moment in history, reminding us of the enduring influence of the British monarchy.

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