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[HER MAJESTY, VICTORIA ALEXANDRINA, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and of its Colonies and Dependencies in Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Oceania, Empress of India, Protector of the Faith, was born May 24, 1819, her father being the Duke of Kent, fourth son of George the Third, and her mother the Princess Marie Louise Victoria, daughter of the Duke of Saxe-Saalfeld-Coburg, and widow of the Prince of Leiningen. She succeeded her uncle, William the Fourth, June 20, 1837 ; was crowned June 28, 1838 ; and was married, ioth February 1840, to her cousin, François Albert Auguste Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Saxony and Prince of Saxe-CoburgGotha. She became a widow on the 14th December 1861.]
POLITICIANS OF TO-DAY.
THE old controversies which raged
round the throne during more than one century have died out; and the present generation at least has been spared all knowledge of those sharper and more bitter conflicts which have at times been carried on around the person of the Sovereign. We accept now with general satisfaction those monarchical institutions which have saved us from so many of the political troubles which have befallen our neighbours; we know no pretender to the English crown; and we have no reason to blush as we con