Quinte, On. real estate agent: Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover. Her reign lasted an astounding 63 years and 7 months, from 1837 until her death in 1901, the longest of any British monarch. It is during her reign that the British Empire reached its zenith, spanning the globe and giving us the expression "the sun never sets on the British Empire". To this day, she is the most commemorated monarch in British history. In Canada, we commemorate her by drinking excessively on the third Monday of every May. As far as I know, Victoria day is a holiday unique to Canada, thankfully she wasn't born in he middle of winter, we wouldn't celebrate it in the same way.

All of the official documents prepared on the first day of her reign described her as Queen Alexandrina Victoria (her real name), however, at her own wish it was ammended to Victoria, which I think sounds more regal. Queen Alex probably wouldn't have had the same impact. As well as being the Queen of a whole bunch of nations, in 1876 she became the first Empress of India of the British Raj.

There isn't a Royal family in Europe today that isn't somehow related to one of Victoria's nine children. The German Emperor Wilhelm II was her eldest grandchild. Through marriage her children and grandchildren united many of the royal houses of Europe, making for some very strange alliances. Her son Edward VII was the first British monarch belonging to the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (the name was changed to Windsor in 1917 for pretty obvious reasons).

Now for your Victoria Day treat, may I present the inimitable Ray Davies and the Kinks

Comment balloon 13 commentsMalcolm Johnston • May 23 2010 02:50PM

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Hi Malcolm, Cool Happy Victoria Day to you! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Posted by Tiffany Torgan, Featured on HGTV's New Show! How Close Can I Beach (Harcourts Prestige Properties of La Jolla) over 8 years ago

I'll be sure not to call too early on Tuesday. Hope your Victoria Day is a lovely one.

Posted by Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale (Select Realty Professionals) over 8 years ago

Tiffany Torgan~San Diego Real Estate (ReloSanDiego.Com) Thanks Tiffany, you have a great weekend too.

Julia Odom, Chattanooga Real Estate (Select Realty Professionals) I appreciate that Julia, thanks.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, Have a great one!

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 8 years ago
How funny that Canada celebrates a departed British monarch with a day (of drinking) that does not exist in the UK. Sounds like a good day all round.
Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Malcolm,

Thanks for the Victoria Day note. It's good to have a look at history.

And, the best way to take over an entire coiuntry was through marriage not war.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Hope you have a great day (and night) celebrating her majesty.  Sounds like a great tradition.

In my home country we also celebrate a holiday related to an earlier monarch - and also one not celebrated by the British.  It conveniently happens every year on July 4th and is a source of great merriment and celebration.  ;-)

Posted by Michael J. O'Connor, Eastvale - 951-847-4883 (Diamond Ridge Realty) over 8 years ago

Janice Ankrett ASP (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) Hi Janice, I hope yours is a great one too.

Ellie McIntire Real Estate in Howard County Maryland (The McIntire Team of Long & Foster) It's really just an excuse for a long weekend in May Ellie, but she was Canada's queen too. In fact she was Canada's very first monarch (confederation happened in 1867).

Brian Madigan LL.B. (Royal LePage Innovators Realty, Broker) Brian, somebody should have tried to explain that to the Germans (twice).

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Michael J. O'Connor (Diamond Ridge Realty) Yes, that will be coming up fairly soon too Michael. Great day for a picnic.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago
Your right Malcolm, Queen Alex doesn't sound as regal and we are glad she wasn't born in the winter....not sure if Queen Elizabeth II can out reign her.
Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Al and Peggy Cunningham, Brokers Voted Best Real Estate People Brampton (RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. Buying or Selling) Hi Al and Peggy, the old girl is certainly hanging in there, isn't she? Poor Charles.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago
Macolm, Have a great Victoria Day celebration and thanks for the history lesson. Enjoy Leander
Posted by Leander McClain, Cecil & Harford County Realtor over 8 years ago

Leander McClain: NJ Foreclosures & REO NJSouthRealEstate.Com (Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate - Princeton, NJ) Thanks Leander, it's going to be a great summer.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

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