The early reign of Queen Victoria
From the triumph of the Great Exhibition to the diasater of the Crimean War.
Queen Victoria and Victorian England - the young Queen
BY DAVID ROSS, EDITOR
The generally uneventful reign of George's brother, William IV (1830-37), was followed by that of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Only 18 when she came to the throne, Victoria oversaw England at the height of its overseas power. The British Empire was established in her reign, and it reached its greatest expanse under her. Things did not start off smoothly, however.
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This Labour politician was Prime Minister twice from 1945-1950 and 1950-51
He led the Labour Party in Churchill's wartime coalition government
He was the first Labour PM to hold a Commons majority
This Day in British History
03 March, 1843
Daniel Macnaghten acquitted of murdering Edward Drummond
TThe celebrated court case came about when Macnaughten shot Drummond, Peel's secretary, thinking he was Peel. Macnaughten was freed on the grounds of insanity, the 'Macnaughten Rules'