On June 20, 1837 the 18-year-old Queen Victoria was crowned as monarch of the United Kingdom and Ireland in London’s Westminster Abbey.
She was barely five feet tall.
She proposed to her husband, Prince Albert, and not vice versa.
She was raised by a single mother, and later became a single mother herself.
She was the first known carrier of hemophilia, an affliction that would become known as the “Royal disease.”
She had at least six serious assassination attempts made against her during her reign — most of which while she was riding in a carriage.
Victoria, British Columbia is named after her. She named British Columbia. Regina in Saskatchewan is named after her. Alberta is named after her daughter, Princess Louise Alberta, who is named after her husband Prince Albert. In Ontario, we have Ottawa, which was named by Queen Victoria. Prince Edward Island is named after her father, Prince Edward, the one who lived in Canada for a decade.
And so goes some perhaps little known facts about the namesake of today’s Canadian
Whatever’s on your agenda for a fine Monday of rest & relaxation, in all its levity, may those around you quip—“We are not amused!”