The longest reigning British monarch was born May 24, 1819 and was fifth in line for the throne. When all of her uncles died childless, she became the heir presumptive.
She met her cousin Prince Albert Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She ascended to the throne just after her eighteenth birthday. Not long after she became Queen Victoria, she proposed to Albert. It is recorded that they were truly in love with each other. They had nine children. When Albert died, her depression was so profound that she ceased all public appearances.
During her years of seclusion, the Queen became particularly attached to her Balmoral Castle servant John Brown. Mr. Brown’s influence on the Queen was greatly resented by her children. At his death in 1883, the Queen was greatly saddened. She wrote that Mr. Brown’s death was the second time she was ‘deprived of all she so needs.’
The Diamond Jubilee celebrated 60 years of her reign. Festivities included a procession, banquets, review of the troops and a message to the nation. Toward the end of her life, the Queen had returned to popularity with her people.
Details about Her Royal Highness can be found at: http://www.queen-victorias-scrapbook.org/