Queen Victoria’s historic 63-year reign as monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland ended after her tragic passing on this day in 1901. The second-longest reigning Queen in the history of the United Kingdom, Victoria took the throne at the relatively young age of eighteen. Known for her strict moral code, Queen Victoria’s influence on British life in the nineteen-century was so enormous that the time period is commonly referred to as the Victorian era. During her reign, the United Kingdom went through not only an industrial revolution but an artistic one as well, with English authors like Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde writing timeless classics depicting Victorian era culture.
“The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.” —