Monday, May 23, 2011

Victoria's Secrets

Today Canadians celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901) with a civic holiday. But how much do you know about this long reigning monarch? Here are some little known facts about her:
  • Her mother, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld was born in Germany.
  • In her youth, her passion was ballet, but was forced to give up her dreams of a life on stage when the American tap dance craze swept through Europe.
  • She assumed the throne at 18.
  • Victoria came up with the concept of YouTube. However, due to the lack of both video recording technology and the Internet, she was not able to implement it.
  • She and her husband Albert had 9 children and 42 grandchildren most of which married into other European royal families, earning her the nickname "Grandmother of Europe".
  • She once filed an injunction with the US Weather Bureau preventing the naming of any hurricane after her.
  • Victoria's personal piggie bank was the precursor to the modern International Monetary Fund. Unlike today's organization, her's was not rocked by scandal.
  • Torrid affair with US President Grover Cleveland was completely "under the radar" in a time prior to the 24 hour news universe.
  • Her reign of 63 years and 7 months is longer than that of any other British monarch.
  • While she was able to add the title "Empress of India" to her moniker, she was greatly disappointed to not be be known as the "Governor of Alaska".
  • The period of her reign and the cultural, political and economic events that occurred therein are known as the Victorian era.
  • In her will, Victoria left instruction that if her life story was ever recreated as a TV movie or mini-series, she would like to be played by Jane Seymore.


Michelle said...

I feel like I've learned so much today. Thank you - this holiday would've gone by unnoticed. Now it makes sense why there are so many Canadian license plates on the road - might as well spend your country's holiday in the states.

Trooper Thorn said...

Michelle: Glad you learned something. And I'm sure the Ontario visitor's aren't there to see the Sabres.

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