Victoria, born in London on May 24th 1819, was the daughter and only child of Edward, Duke of Kent and his wife The Duchess of Kent, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Although The Duke of Kent was the fourth son of King George III Victoria was assumed heir apparent to the throne after her father died as his older brothers had no legitimate male children that had survived. She ascended to the throne On Willim IV’s death in 1837 at the age of only 18.
Queen Victoria had a talent for painting and drawing; currently to coninside with Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee the Royal Collection/Royal Archives have a collection of Queen Victoria’s personal writings and sketches on display. Some of these can be seen in this posts pictures.
In 1840 she married Prince Albert who helped to teach her to rule as a monarch that had fewer powers then her predecessors but still very much influence over the people. Her marriage to Prince Albert gave the couple nine children between the years of 1840 and 1857 most of whom married into various Royal families of Europe.
During her life, Queen Victoria received seven attempts on her life surviving all.
In 1861 Prince Albert died, leaving Queen Victoria in a state of depression. For the rest of
her reign she only wore black. Along with the change in dress The Queen stopped making public appearances but never stopped communicating with the public and her government. She was put down for not making many public appearances even though in the years 1866 and 1877 she did officially open parliament. Between 1868 and 1880 The Queen slowly returned to the public eye.
Continuing with her duity until the very end, Queen Victoria died after the longest reign in history (nearly 64 years) at Osborne House and was buried alongside her husband at Frogmore House.
LINK: More information on Queen Victoria including the marriages of her children