Queen Victoria’s birthplace is now home to William and Kate
Kensington Palace, the current London home of William and Kate – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – was Queen Victoria’s birthplace. Born on May 24, 1819, Victoria spent much of her childhood at Kensington Palace, where she was raised by her widowed mother (Victoria’s father died when she was eight months old) and several royal courtiers.
Queen Victoria’s first name isn't actually Victoria
Christened Alexandrina (but called Drina as a child), she started using Victoria – her middle name – when she turned 18, when she ascended to the throne.
Queen Victoria wasn’t supposed to be queen
Can you imagine Prince Harry as king? 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.