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Since the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign, Victoria Day has been celebrated in Canada. People commemorate the birth of the Sovereign on the Monday preceding May 25th. After her death, Canadians observe this day to celebrate the birth of the current Sovereign.
See the fact file below for more information on the Victoria Day or alternatively, you can download our 20-page Victoria Day worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
ABOUT QUEEN VICTORIA
- Born on May 24, 1819, at Kensington Palace, Victoria was the only daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent, fourth son of George III. She became the heir to the throne after the death of her father because her uncles, George IV, Frederick Duke of York, and William IV had no legitimate children who survived to be in the line of succession.
- At the age of 11, her father King George died and his uncle William IV ascended the throne. After two years, Victoria experienced her first journey – a three-month tour to Wales.
- Young Victoria showed interests in drawing and painting, as well as writing in her journal. Despite being fifth in line at the time of her birth, Victoria became the Queen at the age of 18 after the death of her uncle King William IV in 1837.
- Queen Victoria was the second longest reigning monarch in British history, next to the current Sovereign Queen Elizabeth II. From 1837 until her death in 1901, Victoria ruled one of the largest empires in world history as the queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and Empress of India (1876-1901).
- The last of the Hanover dynasty, her reign became known as the Victorian Era, a period in British history associated with economic progress, industrial development, and imperial expansion.
- In 1840, she married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and had nine children who all descended many of the royal families of Europe.
- Aside from the seven attempts made on her life, Queen Victoria darkest years came when her devoted husband, Prince Albert, died in 1861.
- Known as the grandmother of Europe, Queen Victoria’s 42 grandchildren could be found in the royal families of Russia, Germany, Romania, Sweden, Norway, and Spain. Royals Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, tsarina Alexandra of Russia, and George V of Britain warring during WWI were all grandchildren of Queen Victoria.
CELEBRATION OF VICTORIA DAY
- Since 1845, Victoria Day was officially declared and celebrated as a holiday in Canada. Picnics, parades, fireworks, sporting tournaments, music festivals, and cannon salutes were among the traditions during this day.
- After the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the Canadian parliament officially designated May 24th as the time of the year to celebrate Victoria Day.
- By 1952, the Canadian government decided to celebrate Victoria Day on a Monday on or before May 24th.
- On the same day of Victoria Day in Canada, Great Britain on the other hand celebrated Empire Day, which was later renamed to Commonwealth Day, on the same day as Victoria Day until 1977, when it moved to March.
- For Canadians, Victoria Day marks the beginning of summer and the end of winter.
- This day is also known as May Two-Four, May Long, and May Long Weekend.
- For 10 Canadian provinces and territories, Victoria Day is a public holiday, wherein most people do not go to work and school. In Quebec, National Patriots’ Day is celebrated on Victoria Day.
- Queen Victoria was the monarch who granted Canada its independence in 1867, however most of the Canadian population remained loyal to the throne and kept the Queen as the official Head of State.
Victoria Day Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Victoria Day across 20 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Victoria Day worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Victoria Day which has been celebrated in Canada since the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign. People commemorate the birth of the Sovereign on the Monday preceding May 25th. After her death, Canadians observe this day to celebrate the birth of the current Sovereign.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Victoria Day Facts
- Queen Victoria
- Grandmother of Europe
- The Matriarchs
- Victorian Era
- The Crown
- Victorian Timeline
- British-Canadian Relations
- Victoria Day Announcement
- Behind Victoria Day
- When in Canada
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Use With Any Curriculum
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