Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in the UK: 1837
Victoria turned 18 on 24 May 1837. On 20 June 1837, she became Queen on the death of her uncle, King William IV who was childless. Her reign as the Queen lasted 63 years and 7 months, longer than that of any other British monarch before or since, and her reign is the longest of any female monarch in history. The Victorian era was a period of great industrial, political, scientific, and military progress within the United Kingdom.
In 1840 Victoria married her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Victoria and Albert had 9 children and 42 grandchildren and many European monarchs and former monarchs have been descended from Victoria.
Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887 and her Diamond Jubilee in 1897 were celebrated with great enthusiasm. She remains the most commemorated British monarch in history, with statues to her erected throughout the former territories of the British Empire.
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