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Tuesday, June 20, 1837. :   Queen Victoria ascends the British throne following the death of King William IV.

     England's Queen Victoria was born on 24 May 1819 at Kensington Palace in London, the daughter of Edward, duke of Kent (fourth son of George III), and Princess Mary Louise Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Although christened Alexandrina Victoria, from birth she was formally styled Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria of Kent. Victoria's father died when she was less than a year old. Her grandfather, George III, died less than a week later. Princess Victoria's uncle, the Prince of Wales, inherited the Crown, becoming King George IV. When George IV died in 1830, he left the throne to his brother, the Duke of Clarence and St Andrews, who became King William IV.

Victoria was recognised as heiress-presumptive to the British throne, and on 20 June 1837 at the age of 18 she succeeded her uncle, William IV, to the throne to become the last monarch of the House of Hanover. Queen Victoria's formal titles included Queen of Great Britain and Ireland (18371901) and empress of India (18761901).

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