This Day in History – September 22nd, 1896

Young VictoriaKing George III held the British throne from 1760 to 1820, a reign of 60 years, which was the longest a British monarch had reigned until this day in 1896 when his granddaughter Alexandrina manage to surpass him.

Alexandrina turned 18 on May 24th, 1837 and became Queen less than a month later on June 20th, 1837. In her diary she wrote, “I was awoke at 6 o’clock by Mamma, who told me the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting-room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning, and consequently that I am Queen.” Official documents prepared on the first day of her reign described her as Alexandrina Victoria, but the first name was withdrawn at her own wish and not used again, and thus began the reign of Queen Victoria and the start of an era that would last 63 years and 217 days.

Next year, however, on September 11th, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II is poised to surpass Victoria’s record.

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