1837 - Coronation of Queen Victoria

Victoria’s accession to the throne on the 28th June 1838 was the beginning of a 63 year long reign, the second longest in British monarchy, surpassed by Queen Elizabeth II, who became the longest-reigning British monarch on 9 September 2015. The Victorian era marked a period of rapid industrial, military and political progress within Britain, and so it is at this point that literary historians often mark the end of the Romantic period.

Queen Victoria, Sir George Hayter, 1838