Queen Victoria was queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland. She became queen at the age of 18 in 1837, and reigned until her death in 1901.
During her time as queen, Great Britain took control of territories around the world, including India, Canada, much of East Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Southeast Asia. The time of her reign is also known as the “Victorian Age.” The Victorian Age was a long period of peace and great wealth for Britain.
Queen Victoria lived in an age when changes in technology and transportation helped spread her fame around the world. Railways and improved sailing technology allowed Queen Victoria and her family to travel across the British Empire. Also, photography and improved ways of communication helped inform people worldwide of Queen Victoria’s accomplishments.
Today, many sites around the world have been named in honor of Queen Victoria. Some of these sites include Victoria Falls in Zambia, Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, and Victoria Terminus in Mumbai, India.
Text by Emily Chan. Image: Queen Victoria in her coronation robes by George Hayter.