Queen Victoria, c 1839
Queen Victoria (1819-1901) was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death.
She married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840 and had 9 children. After Albert’s death in 1861 she went into a long period of deep mourning.
Her reign of 63 years and 7 months is the longest of any British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history.
(On 6 February 2012 Queen Elizabeth 11 celebrated 60 years on the throne. She said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace 'In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness.” Royal watchers take this as meaning that she is in for the long haul and won’t be stepping down to let Charles take over. Remembering that she has the genes of her mother, who lived to 101 and who remained physically and mentally alert, it's likely that will eclipse Queen Victoria's reign by many years).
Princess Victoria, aged four. Painting by Stephen Poynyz Denning, 1823
In her own words:
Portrait of Queen Victoria by the German artist Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1843
Portrait of by Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Princes Alfred and Albert Edward, The Queen and The Prince Consort, Price Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Princesses Helena, Alice and Victoria
Queen Victoria 1883