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She inherited the throne at 18 years old after her father and his three brothers died, without any legitimate and surviving children.
She married to Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on 10 February 1840 in London. Together they had nine children : Victoria, Edward, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold and Beatrice.
In 1887 and 1897 she celebrated her gold and diamond jubilees marking her 50 and 60 years on the throne.
Her eldest son, Edward VII, succeeded her to the British throne.