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ictoria (queen), (1819-1901), queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1837-1901)
and empress of India (1876-1901).
Born Alexandrina Victoria on May 24, 1819, in Kensington Palace, London, Victoria was the daughter
of Victoria Mary Louisa, daughter of the duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld; her father was Edward Augustus,
duke of Kent and Strathern, the fourth son of George III and youngest brother of George IV and
William IV, kings of Great Britain. Because William IV had no legitimate children, his niece
Victoria became heir apparent to the British crown upon his accession in 1830. On June 20, 1837,
with the death of William IV, she became queen at the age of 18.
Early in her reign Victoria developed a serious concern with affairs of state, guided by her first
prime minister, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne. Melbourne was leader of that wing of the Whig
Party that later became known as the Liberal Party. He exercised a strongly progressive influence on
the political thinking of the queen.
"Queen Victoria" Microsoft(R) Encarta(R) 98 Encyclopedia. (c) 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation.
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