Queen Victoria longest reign in English History. Original page from the Illustrated London News dated Sept. 19th. 1896 with a photograph “HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA. In Commemoration of the longest reign in English History.”
Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. On 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father’s three elder brothers had all died, leaving no surviving legitimate children. Victoria married her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840. Their nine children married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the sobriquet “the grandmother of Europe.” After Albert’s death in 1861, Victoria plunged into deep mourning and avoided public appearances. As a result of her seclusion, republicanism temporarily gained strength, but in the latter half of her reign, her popularity recovered. Her Golden and Diamond Jubilees were times of public celebration. Her reign of 63 years and seven months was longer than that of any of her predecessors and is known as the Victorian era. She died on Tuesday 22 January 1901, at half-past six in the evening, at the age of 81. Her son and successor King Edward VII, and her eldest grandson, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, were at her deathbed. Her favourite pet Pomeranian, Turi, was laid upon her deathbed as a last request. Her funeral was held on Saturday 2 February, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and after two days of lying-in-state, she was interred beside Prince Albert in Frogmore Mausoleum at Windsor Great Park.