Thanks to Queen Victoria, every year Canadians enjoy a long weekend at the end of May, marking the beginning of the summer season. Across the country colourful parades, Maypole dances in community parks, and fireworks mark the occasion.
Here are some fun facts about Victoria Day that you can use to impress family and friends with next May long weekend.
Just after Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria ranks as the second longest reigning monarch, sitting on the throne for an impressive 63 years and 216 days. Queen Victoria came into the world on May 24, 1819. Canada has been celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday since it became an official holiday in 1845.
During her reign, Queen Victoria experienced several assassination attempts. The perpetrators were caught, sentenced with treason, and exiled to a penal colony. If the offender successfully pled insanity he was sent to an asylum. Either way, it was a bleak future for those individuals.
When Canada became a country in 1867, Queen Victoria was our first sitting monarch. And, the capital of British Columbia was named after Queen Victoria.
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was the love of Queen Victoria’s life. The couple were first cousins and they married in 1840. Unfortunately, Prince Albert died at a young age. After his death, the Queen went into a deep mourning for many years, always wearing black for the remainder of her long life.