BOTH women were thrust into the monarchy, yet each served for over 23,000 days.
Queen Victoria’s reign lasted 63 years and 216 days but onSeptember 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will pass that milestone to become Britain’s longest reigning monarch
Separated by more than a century, the two royal women have much in common.
Born in 1819, just four short years after the Battle of Waterloo, Victoria was the only daughter of the Duke of Kent, fourth son of George III.
She would have had no expectation of inheriting the monarchy but for the fact that her father died soon after she was born and his three older brothers had no legitimate children. Suddenly at the age of just 18, Victoria was Queen and Empress.
Like Victoria, Princess Elizabeth had no expectation of becoming queen. Her Uncle Edward VIII was the oldest child of George V and was the heir apparent. With his abdication in 1936, however, her father George VI became king and she became next in line. Her father was only 56 when he died and Elizabeth II ascended to the throne at the relatively young age of 25.
Similarly, as they reached such august ages, both women’s sons and heirs had a very long wait to accede to the throne. King Edward VII was 59 before he became King and Prince Charles will be 67 later this year.
With the birth of Prince George, the British Monarchy is in the unusual position of having three direct heirs to the throne with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.
One major difference between the two Queens is that Victoria’s marriage only lasted for 21 years before Albert’s death whilst Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh have been married for 67 years.
Her Majesty has no special plans for September 9 and will be undertaking normal visits which have been booked for some time. Members of the public however are more likely to celebrate this milestone event on her behalf.