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VICTORIA VS. ELIZABETH: Comparing the British queens

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On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth takes over from Queen Victoria as the United Kingdom's longest-serving monarch. Here's a tale of the two queens:

AGE:

-- Victoria: 81 when she died in 1901.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 10/9/2015 (1160 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth takes over from Queen Victoria as the United Kingdom's longest-serving monarch. Here's a tale of the two queens:

 

Queen Elizabeth in 2007

CP

Queen Elizabeth in 2007

AGE:

— Victoria: 81 when she died in 1901.

— Elizabeth: 89 and still going strong.

 

AGE WHEN SHE TOOK OVER THE JOB:

— Victoria: 18.

— Elizabeth: 25.

 

BORN TO BE QUEEN?

— Victoria: No. She was fifth in line to the throne at her birth, but her father's three older brothers died without having heirs.

— Elizabeth: No. There was little thought of her becoming monarch until her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936 and the crown passed to her father, George VI. She succeeded her father in 1952 after he died of cancer.

 

RELATIONSHIP (APART FROM MARRIAGE) TO SPOUSE:

Queen Victoria in 1882

Queen Victoria in 1882

— Victoria: Her husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg, was her first cousin.

— Elizabeth: Her husband, Prince Philip, is a third cousin.

 

NUMBER OF CHILDREN (AND GRANDCHILDREN):

— Victoria: Nine (42).

— Elizabeth: Four (eight).

 

NAUGHTY ELDEST SONS:

— Victoria: Edward VII, who married Princess Alexandra of Denmark, was a serial philanderer, including with actress Lillie Langtry.

— Elizabeth: Prince Charles, while married to Diana, Princess of Wales, fooled around with Camilla Parker-Bowles, whom he later married.

 

CLOTHING COLOUR PREFERENCE:

— Victoria: Black. She wore dark clothing after the death of her husband in 1861.

— Elizabeth: Pastels.

 

HAIRSTYLE:

— Victoria: Straight and severely pulled back.

— Elizabeth: Sensible curly helmet that has greyed over the years.

 

REIGNS HOW MUCH OF THE WORLD?

— Victoria: Under her rule, the British Empire covered one-quarter of the globe.

— Elizabeth: Monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

 

OFFICIAL VISITS TO CANADA:

— Victoria: None.

— Elizabeth: 22.

 

MOST MEMORABLE SAYING:

— Victoria: "We are not amused" (in response to a risqué story told over dinner).

— Elizabeth: "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."

On April 21, 194, her 20th birthday.

 

— USA Today

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