Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819. The holiday weekend in May was created to celebrate her birthday, although most Canadians may not realize that, and perhaps not even care.
To mark the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada, here are some lesser-known facts:
At 6 a.m. on June 20, 1837, an 18-year-old Victoria was roused from her sleep and told that her 71-year-old uncle, King William IV, had died during the early morning hours of an apparent heart attack. Victoria was now — quite suddenly — Queen of England.
When Victoria was born in 1819, there had been little chance of her ever becoming the ruler of an empire. As the only child of King George III’s fourth son, Edward, the Duke of Kent, Victoria was a distant fifth in line to the throne. However, following a series of unfortunate events including the deaths of her father, his brothers and their legitimate heirs, the young princess abruptly found herself as William IV’s closest surviving relative.
When Victoria took the throne, few would ever have guessed that the inexperienced, diminutive royal (she stood at only 4’11”) would rule for as long as she did — 63 years and 216 days, to be exact. She remained Britain’s longest-reigning monarch until her great-great-granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, surpassed her during her Sapphire Jubilee in February 2017.
Read more on ZOOMER, at https://www.everythingzoomer.com/arts-entertainment/2019/05/14/didnt-know-queen-victoria/
It’s quite the story!