Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version of this story misstated the name of Edward VII’s wife. On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II takes over from Queen Victoria as the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch. Here’s a tale of the tape: • AgeVictoria: 81 when she died in 1901.Elizabeth: 89 and still going strong. • Age when she took over the jobVictoria: 18.Elizabeth: 25. • Born to be queen? Victoria: No. She was fifth in line to the throne at her birth, but her father’s three older brothers all died without heirs.Elizabeth: No. There was little thought of her becoming monarch until her uncle Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 and the crown passed to her father, George VI. She succeeded her father in 1952 after he died of cancer. • Relationship (apart from marriage) to spouseVictoria: Her husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg, was her first cousin.Elizabeth: Her husband, Prince Philip, is a third cousin. • Number of children (and grandchildren)Victoria: Nine (42).Elizabeth: Four (eight). • Naughty eldest sonsVictoria: Edward VII, who married Princess Alexandra of Denmark, was a serial philanderer, including with actress Lillie Langtry.Elizabeth: Prince Charles, while married to Princess Diana, fooled around with Camilla Parker-Bowles, who he later married. • Clothing… Read full this story
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