Queen Victoria was in power for more than 63 years.
How Many Years Did Queen Victoria Reign?
Reign of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria ascended to the throne on June 20, 1837, and stayed there until her death on January 22, 1901. Officially, Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years, seven months, and two days. By September 23, 1896, she had surpassed King George III as the longest reigning monarch in the history of England and Scotland.
Accomplishments of Queen Victoria
Not only did Queen Victoria rule for many years, but she also ruled for many successful years. Before she came to the thrown, the situation of the government was not entirely stable, but she helped to restore some consistency. She did not merely sit back and let everyone else do the work, she took her role as queen seriously and not only as a figure to make appearances.
She took on a strong position in the affairs of her land.
- She had a lot of dealings with two of the great Prime Ministers in the history of the country: William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli.
- She helped to bring Great Britain back into a period of power and prestige, which it was losing before her reign.
- She extended herself to other lands and by 1870, she was also crowned the Empress of India.
Have you ever heard of the Victorian Era? Guess who that was named for? You're right! None other than the famed Queen Victoria.
Life of Queen Victoria
Of course, her entire existence did not revolve around politics, and she is an interesting figure to study as simply a human being.
Her uncle was King William IV, and he had no children. Furthermore, she was the only child to her parents. Therefore, when her uncle passed away, she became queen at the age of 18 years old.
When she was 21 years old, she married her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. This area is now part of Germany. The Queen herself was of German descent.
Within the next 21 years, before she was 42 years of age, the couple had nine children. They were:
- Princess Victoria
- Prince Albert Edward
- Princess Alice
- Prince Alfred
- Princess Helena
- Princess Louise
- Prince Arthur
- Prince Leopold
- Prince Beatrice
Unfortunately, Prince Albert passed away in 1861 at the young age of 42. Understandably, Queen Victoria mourned for quite a long time and she secluded herself for many years. She was in serious mourning, and wore black as a symbol for the rest of her life. Perhaps people thought this made her surly and stern; however, doing so showed how much she was dedicated to the love for her husband.
Despite the fact that she remained secluded for a long time, she appeared frequently in public later in her life, which is when photography was first coming out, contributing to the extreme development of her popularity.