Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years, the 2nd longest reign in the history of England. She was the official head of state not only of the United Kingdom but also of the growing worldwide British Empire, which included Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand, and large parts of Africa.

The horses of the carriage had bolted & Captain Sotherton Micklethwait, who was a huge & powerful man, stood in the way of the horses, seized the animals by their bridles & compelled them by sheer physical strength to stop thus saving the occupants from serious if not fatal injury. It then became apparent that the occupants were none less than The Duchess of Kent & a young Princess Victoria.

Later when the Princess became Queen Victoria, she remembered his bravery & created Captain Micklethwait a baronet on 27th July 1838 as a reward for saving both her & her mother.

 If Queen Victoria had died before she came to the Throne, I wonder if our island would ever have become known as Great Britain!