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175th Ann of Queen Victoria's Accession
Queen Victoria was know as "The Grandmother of Europe", as so many of today's European Royal families are descended from her. Victoria reigned for 64 years - the longest in British history - and was one of the most popular monarchs. Her reign saw the British Empire grow into the largest Empire the world had ever known.
Victoria was the first Monarch to have her head placed on a stamp. This year commemorates the 175th anniversary of Victoria's Accession
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Queen Victoria - A short History
Alexandrina Victoria was the only daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent, fourth son of George III. She was born at Kensington Palace on 24th May 1819. Victoria's father died shortly after her birth. On the death of his eldest brother King George IV in 1830 Edward's only surviving elder brother William ascended the throne. William was old and unwell and had no legitimate heir to succeed him, and so Victoria became heir to the throne.
Victoria was raised under the strict supervision of her mother, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Kind William disliked his sister in law, distrusting the influence upon her of Sir John Conroy, controller of the household. William was determined to live long enough to prevent the Duchess from becoming Regent for Victoria. Throughout his short reign William's health failed and recovered several times. The King died on 20 June 1837, just 27 days after Victoria's eighteenth birthday.
Victoria's journal for the day of the King's death reads
"I was awoke at 6 o'clock by Mamma, who told me the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham then acquainted me that my poor Uncle the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning, and consequently that I am Queen"
Her coronation was held on 28th June the following year at Westiminster Abbey. The coronation was a grand occasion. Four hundred thousand people visited London wishing to see the new Queen being crowned. She became the first sovereign to take up residence at Buckingham Palace
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Quick Facts: 175th Ann of Queen Victoria's Accession is a Mint Sheet Issue date : 12th June 2012
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