Year 1837: Queen Victoria becomes the queen of England

Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901) was the queen of United Kingdom and Ireland from 1837 to 1901 — the second-longest reign of any British monarch.

Victoria ascended the throne at the young age of 18, and served until her death at the age of 81 in 1901. Under Victoria's reign, Great Britain witnessed phenomenol economic growth, success and prosperity. There were several advancements in the field of science and technology too. The Victorian Age is also marked by revolutionary work in the field of art and literature. No doubt, this period came to be called Victorian Era due to the queen’s long reign as also the major changes that were brought forth during this period.

In 1840, Victoria married her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and the couple had nine children together. Though a constitutional monarch, privately, Victoria always tried to influence government policy and ministerial appointments. This made her a national icon who was identified with strict standards of personal morality. Queen Victoria died on the Isle of Wight in 1901.

Here is a slideshow containing images of Queen Victoria and maps of the places that became part of the British Empire during the Victorian era.