Am I the only one who somehow is super excited for Freddie’s birthday? Like I’m planning the whole day and I will wear my Freddie Mercury shirt and paint the nails of my left hand black and will throw a little one-man party but I’ll have a great time listening to his beautiful songs and think about him and celebrate this day and tell my classmate who shares the birthday with Fred how lucky he is to be born on that day.
Victoria turned 18 on 24 May 1837, and a regency was avoided. Less than a month later, on 20 June 1837, William IV died at the age of 71, and Victoria became Queen of the United Kingdom. In her diary she wrote, “I was awoke at 6 o'clock by Mamma, who told me the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting-room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning, and consequently that I am Queen."
Above: famous 19th century sketch of the meeting; The Young Victoria with Emily Blunt dramatising the scene