Victoria Hanover
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Alexandrina Victoria Hanover (1819 - 1901)

Alexandrina Victoria (Victoria) "Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India" Hanover
Born in Kensington Palace, London, Englandmap
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Wife of — married 10 Feb 1840 in St James's Palace, London, Englandmap
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Died at age 81 in Osborne House, near Cowes, Isle of Wight, Englandmap
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Preceded by
William IV
Monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
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.
On 1 May 1876 she was created Empress of India.
She was the last British monarch from the House of Hanover. [1]

Young Victoria

The House of Hanover crest.
Victoria Hanover is a member of the House of Hanover.

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]

Portrait of Queen Victoria in her coronation robes.

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]

Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and their nine children (1857).

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]

Queen Victoria photographed for her Diamond jubilee (but actually taken in 1893 on the occasion of the wedding of Prince George, Duke of York (the future King George V) and Princess Mary of Teck).

Legacy

Queen Victoria died on 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]

Sources

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 Biography Editors, "Queen Victoria", on Biography.com. Accessed 10 May 2018


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A mention in her biography of her legacy in respect of hemophilia would be interesting - found a recent update here which caught my interest - dare say there are others, not sure of reliability - although it seems reliable, it provides no sources. It must have grown to become an enormous worry to Victoria's during her later years, given how much she cared about her children.

https://www.hog.org/publications/detail/the-royal-disease-a-family-history-update-on-queen-victoria

https://www.englishmonarchs.co.uk/haemophilia.html

posted by Jeremy Stroud
edited by Jeremy Stroud
Hello Profile Managers!

We are featuring this profile in the Connection Finder this week. Between now and Wednesday is a good time to take a look at the sources and biography to see if there are updates and improvements that need made, especially those that will bring it up to WikiTree Style Guide standards. We know it's short notice, so don't fret too much. Just do what you can.

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Abby

posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
I have found this record of the marriage contract between Victoria and Albert. Accessed Here The link takes you to Bavarikon.de, a Bavarian archive website. They have other interesting things like the London Gazette, 1853. Fairly easy to look through, even without knowledge of German.
posted by Frances (Piercy) Piercy-Reins
edited by Frances (Piercy) Piercy-Reins
You do a link to her profile if you want to show you are related to her.
posted on Hannover-14 (merged) by Darlene (Athey) Athey-Hill
How do you add her on your own profile?
posted on Hannover-14 (merged) by Rachel Jones
This comment section isn't for listing your relationship with Queen Victoria. Do that on your personal profile page.
posted on Hannover-14 (merged) by European Aristocrats Project WikiTree
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 on Hannover-14 (merged) by Dianne Hood