Year of creation:1870
- Rider(s):Queen Victoria
(1819-1901) succeeded William IV in 1837 as monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (and as from 1876 as Empress of India). Her reign of 63 years and 7 months, which is longer than that of any other British monarch, is known as the Victorian era. It was a period marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. She was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover.
In 1840 Queen Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819-1861), Prince Consort. Their 9 children and 26 of their 42 grandchildren married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname “the grandmother of Europe”. Albert died at the early age of 42 in 1861, plunging Victoria into deep mourning, which lasted for the rest of her life.
- Sculptor(s):Thornycroft, Thomas
(1815 – 1885) was an English sculptor and engineer. he spent four years as an assistant to the sculptor John Francis. In 1840 he married Francis’ daughter, Mary, who was also a sculptor.
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