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Read through the following text twice before trying to answer the questions.


At birth, Victoria was fifth in line to the throne and unlikely to become queen, but with the death of her father (and her cousins dying in childhood), she found herself taking the throne in 1837 at the age of 18, when her uncle William IV died. Her coronation took place at Westminster Abbey the following year. As a young queen, Victoria had little experience of ruling, but she befriended the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, who guided her on political matters.


Just before Victoria’s seventeenth birthday, she met her first cousin, a German prince named Albert. She was just a few months older, and the pair became friends and soon fell in love. When Victoria took the throne, she knew that Albert couldn’t propose to a queen, so she proposed marriage to him instead! They married in 1840, both aged 20, and went on to have nine children together. Albert and Victoria were very close and Albert was a great friend, adviser and confidante during her reign. Victoria made Buckingham Palace their home (the first English monarch to do so) but had other palaces around the country too, including Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.


Now you have read it twice, have a go at answering the following questions independently.


  1. How old was Vitoria when she took the throne?
  2. Who guided Victoria on political matters?
  3. Who did Victoria marry?
  4. How many children did they have?
  5. What are the names of two of the palaces mentioned?
  6. Did Albert propose to Victoria or Victoria propose to Albert?


Home learners please could you take a photo of your answered questions and email it to Mr Hindman on Purple Mash.