Victoria (Hannover) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Alexandrina Victoria (Hannover) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1819 - 1901)

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Queen Alexandrina Victoria (Victoria) "Empress of India" of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland formerly Hannover aka Hanover, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Born in Kensington Palace, London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 10 Feb 1840 in St James's Palace, London, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Osborne House, near Cowes, Isle of Wight, Englandmap
Profile last modified 27 Feb 2020 | Created 9 Mar 2013
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Preceded by
William IV
Queen of the United Kingdom
20 June 1837 - 22 January 1901
Succeeded by
Edward VII
Title Created
1 May 1876
Empress of India
1 May 1876 - 22 January 1901
Succeeded by
Edward VII
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Biography

Queen Victoria was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. From 1 May 1876 on she was also the Empress of India. Queen Victoria was the last British monarch from the House of Hanover.[1]

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The House of Hanover crest.
Victoria (Hannover) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is a member of the House of Hanover.
The House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha crest.
Victoria (Hannover) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is a member of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Born 24 May 1819 at Kensington Palace in London, Victoria was the only child of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, and his wife, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, though she had two half-siblings, a half-brother and a half-sister, Feodore.[1] Feodore was a close companion.[citation needed] Prince Edward died when Victoria was only 8 months old, leaving her to be shaped in the care of her mother and governess.[1]

Not long after turning 12, Victoria began a detailed and highly characteristic journal that she kept throughout her life.[1] She also enjoyed drawing and painting, which she did throughout her life.[1]

Victoria was known for her feisty character, lively nature, and her short stature.[1] She stood only 4 feet 11 inches tall as an adult.[1]

Queen Victoria

Despite being fifth in line when she was born, Victoria inherited the throne at age 18, after her father's three older brothers had died with no legitimate surviving children.[1]

The early years of Victoria's reign were influenced by Lord Melbourne, who was the prime minister at the time, and later became a dear friend as well as political adviser.[1]

Queen Victoria's reign oversaw major progress through the United Kingdom, notably the rail system and London Underground, as well as in other areas of science and industry, including the sewer system.[1]

The United Kingdom under Victoria doubled in size, adding Canada, Australia, India, countries in Africa, and in the South Pacific.[1]

Wife and Mother

Victoria married her cousin, Prince Albert, son of her mother's brother, in 1840.[1] Because she was queen, Albert was not permitted to propose to her, so she was the one to do so on October 15th, 1839.[1] His German heritage made him a difficult adjustment with her subjects, but they eventually accepted him as they saw her love and devotion to him as well as his devotion to their country.[1] Despite passionately disagreeing on many subjects, they two were wholly devoted to each other and Albert's early death would shape Victoria's image and reign in a way neither would have anticipated.[1] Following his death from typhoid fever, Victoria went into a 25-year mourning period, noted by her black attire throughout those years.[1]

Albert and Victoria had nine children together, despite the fact that Victoria hated being pregnant and feared childbirth.[1] She loved her children dearly once they arrived, though, and was a devoted mother.[1] Their children's marriages and their children united a large portion of European ruling families together through marriage.[1]

Later Years

Once Queen Victoria was able to emerge from the grief of her loss of Albert, she found a dear friend in John Brown.[1] Many have made assumptions about the relationship, and there are some murky waters left from her daughter Beatrice destroying some of her journals which likely pointed to a more intimate relationship than the public was allowed to know about, but there is no doubt she valued her relationship with John and he with her.[1] She called her Scottish companion her "dearest friend" while others referred to him as the "Queen's Stallion."[1]

Legacy

Queen Victoria died 22 January 1901, at the age of 81.[1] She reigned for 63 years, 7 months, and 2 days, making her the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant in history, until the later reign of her great great granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.[1]

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Hannover-14 and Hanover-221 appear to represent the same person because: They are clear duplicates
posted on Hanover-221 (merged) by Ruben van Leeuwen
The text says of Albert that "His German heritage made him a difficult adjustment with her subjects". But all 16 of Victoria's immediate ancestors were German?
posted by [Living Bethune]
Surname has been misspelled. Should have a single N.
posted by Simon Foster
Odd sentence that 'The United Kingdom under Victoria doubled in size, adding Canada, Australia, India, countries in Africa, and in the South Pacific.'? Didn't the UK remain the same size from 1801 to 1922? Didn't it have possessions overseas at Victoria's accession in what are now Canada, Australia, India, Africa, and the Pacific? Didn't they more than double in surface area during her reign? Does surface area bear any relation to the economic and strategic importance of a place?
posted by [Living Bethune]
You do a link to her profile if you want to show you are related to her.
How do you add her on your own profile?
posted by Rachel Jones
This comment section isn't for listing your relationship with Queen Victoria. Do that on your personal profile page.
Queen Victoria didn't have a surname. If she had, it wouldn't have been Hanover, which btw is spelled with one "N", not two. George I, the first of the Hanoverian kings of Great Britain, was George Louis, Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, and later became Elector of Hanover, which was essentially a job title, like being "Mayor of London." It's not a family name.

The short-lived British ruling House of Saxe-Cogurg-Gotha began with the rule of her son, Edward VII, but he didn't have a surname, either. Queen Victoria has never been considered by historians to have been a member of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

Elizabeth II is the Great-great-granddaughter of Victoria, not the Great-granddaughter.

posted by Dianne Hood

Victoria is 18 degrees from Donald Howard, 10 degrees from Julia Howe and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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