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Queen Victoria was one of the greatest women ever to sit onthe throne of England Her long reign lasted from 1837 to 1901 Her efforts during these years changed England very much Ironically Queen Victoria was never meant to reign England Her seat on the throne came about in an unusual way After the death of Queen Victorias uncle King George IV the throne was meant to be passed on to one of George IIIs grandchildren However no one in the royal family had given birth to any legitimate children except for the Duke of Kent Victorias father So at the age of 18 Victoria daughter of Duke Edward of Kent became Queen Victoria of England This was due to a distant relation to the Queen Victoria was born because her parents wanted to bear the next heir to the throne She was brought into the world for political reasons The story of the royalfamily members attempts to gain the crown begin early in the 1800s In November 1817 the only daughter of the Prince of Regent Charlotte the wife of Leopold of Saxe-Coburg died in childbirth None of the surviving among George III fifteen children had a legitimate child qualified to reign Some were unable for one reason or another to have children After the news of Princess Charlottes death Edward the Duke of Kent studied the table of succession to see who would be the next in line to become heir to the throne Edward a man whod spent alot of his life doing military duty in Canada and Gibraltar felt that a new duty faced him He felt he should marry and After alot of looking Edward finally decided to marry Victoire Marie Louise of Saxe-Coburg the Princess of Leiningen A good competition family to see whom would be able to marry and have children first King George was becoming mentally ill so there soon had to be someone
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