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Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Original Artist: By T H Maquire. (1852) (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Today, Sept 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-serving monarch in British history.

Today, Sept 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-serving monarch in British history.

Portrait of Victoria of the United Kingdom by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1844 - 1845. Portrait. Neoclassicism. Royal Collection of Belgium.

Queen Victoria mourned the death of Prince Albert for the rest of her life. Only years later did she accept the encouragement of others and was again seen in public. Her governments became stronger and agreeable, under PM Disraeli, with whom she shared interests in writing and publishing. The United Kingdom expanded to become the British Empire and she its Empress. Without Albert’s moderating influence, Victoria condoned military adventurism in Afghanistan, the Sudan and South Africa.