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Christmas as we know it today is largely down to the Victorians and their love of the festive season. 

Queen Victoria, Sir George Hayter, National Portrait Gallery, London

The Victorian era of the United Kingdom and its overseas Empire was the period of Queen Victoria's rule from June 1837 to January 1901. Learn more about the fascinating history and world events here. 

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Queen Victoria reigned over Britain for 63 years - the longest rule after Elizabeth II. Find out more about her fascinating life with Prince Albert and her children. 

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha by John Jabez Edwin Mayall

It's been over 100 years since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married, yet their relationship remains one of the most well known in British royal history. What made their wedding such a momentous occasion? Learn more about this historic day and more. 

Photograph of Queen Victoria by W. & D. Downey 1893 on the occasion of the wedding of Prince George, Duke of York (the future King George V)

Queen Victoria served as the ruling monarch of Great Britain, India and Ireland from 1837. Her death on January 22, 1901 ended the 63-year period that claimed her name and was a great shock to both the British Empire and many nations further afield. Learn more about her death and her funeral here.