1. Queen Victoria’s birthplace is now home to William, Kate and Harry.
Kensington Palace, the current London abode for Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry, was Queen Victoria’s birthplace. Born on May 24, 1819, Victoria spent much of her childhood at Kensington, raised by her widowed mother (Victoria’s father died when she was eight months old) and several royal courtiers.
2. Queen Victoria’s first name wasn’t actually Victoria.
Christened Alexandrina (but called Drina as a child), she started using Victoria—her middle name—at 18 when she ascended to the throne.
3. Queen Victoria wasn’t supposed to be queen.
Can you imagine Prince Harry as king? Most people today would scoff at the suggestion since Harry is currently fifth in line to the throne (Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are all ahead of him), but back in 1837, the unthinkable became reality for Victoria. At birth, Victoria was fifth in line to the throne, but the deaths of various princes and a lack of male heirs resulted in the young woman capturing the crown.