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Alexandrina Victoria, May 24, 1819

May 20th, 2006

Born the daughter of Edward, the Duke of Kent, third son of George III and Victoria Maria Louisa of Saxe-Coburg. Edward died when Alexandrina Victoria was 8 months old. Upon the death of George IV in 1830 William IV became King and Alexandrina Victoria became heir to the throne.

William IV died in 1837, just 27 days after Alexandrina Victoria’s 18th birthday.

She married her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha on Feb 10th 1840, and he passed away in Dec 1861 of Typhoid Fever.

Victoria enjoyed the longest reign ever for a British Monarch, 71 years. She passed away on January 22nd, 1901 in the Isle of WhiteWight.

May 24th was first declared a holiday in Canada by the Legislature of the Province of Canada in 1845. It has been slightly altered a few times, with the modern for, the Monday before May 25th being the celebrated holiday.

So Happy Birthday to Queen Victoria: I promise to celebrate it in a way in which you would not be amused.


  1. Anonymous
    May 21st, 2006 at 14:05 | #1

    Where on earth is the Isle of White?

  2. Brian
    May 21st, 2006 at 18:21 | #2

    Correction – Wight

    But you knew that!

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