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H.M. King Charles II. Painted by John Riley, C. 1680-1685.

H.M. King Charles II. Painted by John Riley, C. 1680-1685.

Godfried Schalcken - Portrait of William III, Prince of Orange [c.1692-97] | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Godfried Schalcken - Portrait of William III, Prince of Orange [c.1692-97] | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

On January 22, 1901, Queen Victoria died at half past six in the evening, at the age of 81. She had been Queen of the United Kingdom since the age of 18, and her reign of is still the longest of any monarch in British history. She was also the longest reigning Queen Regnant of any country, ruling for a total of 63 years, 216 days.  With her death, the House of Hanover came to an end. She was succeeded on the throne by her eldest son, Edward VII, who belonged to his father’s house

On January 22, 1901, Queen Victoria died at half past six in the evening, at the age of 81. She had been Queen of the United Kingdom since the age of 18, and her reign of is still the longest of any monarch in British history. She was also the longest reigning Queen Regnant of any country, ruling for a total of 63 years, 216 days. With her death, the House of Hanover came to an end. She was succeeded on the throne by her eldest son, Edward VII, who belonged to his father’s house

Britain's King George VI with the commander of the 1st Canadian Corps, General-Lieutenant Edson "Tommy" Burns, on the right (partly in the frame) and the commander of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, Major-General Bert Hoffmeister in Italy on the day of awards to soldiers and officers, who distinguished themselves in combat. July 31, 1944.

Britain's King George VI with the commander of the 1st Canadian Corps, General-Lieutenant Edson "Tommy" Burns, on the right (partly in the frame) and the commander of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, Major-General Bert Hoffmeister in Italy on the day of awards to soldiers and officers, who distinguished themselves in combat. July 31, 1944.

The Queen, 2004 photo shoot taken by Nina Duncan for the artist Chris Levine

I say, is one's crown straight?: Candid photos reveal intimate moments with Her Majesty on set of shoot for holographic portrait

The Queen, 2004 photo shoot taken by Nina Duncan for the artist Chris Levine

WILLIAM III of Orange, King of England & Scotland (1650 - 1702) / By Godfried Schalcken, c. 1700.

WILLIAM III of Orange, King of England & Scotland (1650 - 1702) / By Godfried Schalcken, c. 1700.

Queen Victoria Though sexually infatuated, the young couple were locked into a power struggle. Albert took over more and more of Victoria's work as queen as her pregnancies forced her to step aside. Victoria was conflicted: she admired her "angel" for his talents and ability but she deeply resented being robbed of her powers as queen.

Queen Victoria Though sexually infatuated, the young couple were locked into a power struggle. Albert took over more and more of Victoria's work as queen as her pregnancies forced her to step aside. Victoria was conflicted: she admired her "angel" for his talents and ability but she deeply resented being robbed of her powers as queen.

<p>William IV was the man who left his throne to Queen Victoria but he was king for just seven years and heir to the throne for only three years before that.</p>

<p>William IV was the man who left his throne to Queen Victoria but he was king for just seven years and heir to the throne for only three years before that.</p>

Queen Victoria with her great-grandchildren: Prince Albert, Princess Mary, Prince Edward, and Prince Henry of York.

Queen Victoria with her great-grandchildren: Prince Albert, Princess Mary, Prince Edward, and Prince Henry of York.

Queen Victoria with her granddaughters, Alice of Albany and Margaret of Connaught. Pink Basement Garden

Queen Victoria with her granddaughters, Alice of Albany and Margaret of Connaught. Pink Basement Garden

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