Did you know about these interesting facts about Queen Victoria and the Victoria Day?
- Victoria Day is also celebrated in parts of Scotland, especially Edinburgh, where it is also an official holiday. Victoria Day is a Canadian tradition and does not officially exist in England.
- Victoria was the first member of the royal family known to be suffering from hemophilia, a fact attributed to the circumstances in question of her lineage.
- Victoria Day is a legal Canadian holiday, which means that it is also celebrated in Quebec. But the idea of honoring a British monarch so that day in Quebec has a different name. Until 2003, Fête de Dollard was named after Adam Dollard of Ormeaux, a French hero who led a military force in 1660 in today's Montreal against the Iroquois. In 2003, it was renamed National Patriots Day in Quebec.
- Despite the somewhat imposing figure in which she was portrayed, the real Victoria was not quite as stately. She was only 5 feet tall.
- When Victoria was still a little girl, she was known by her nickname Drina.
- Although Victoria was born in England, she spoke only German until the age of three.
- After the death of William IV. In 1837 she took over the throne. She was just 18 years old.
- She married Prince Albert in 1840 at the age of 21, even though she had known her since she was 16 years old. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was her first cousin and his father was her mother's brother!
- Because she was queen, she had to suggest Albert, not the other way around.
- Victoria is almost always black in pictures. When her husband died in December 1861, she went into seclusion and an eternal state of mourning and never wore a different color. It is long rumored that she later married her Scottish butler John Brown, but that has never been proven. It only came back to the public in the early 1870s.
- She became grandma at 39 and great-grandmother twenty years later.
Enough facts for now – Enjoy the long weekend!