Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Happy Victoria Day

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SPL will be closed on Monday May 21 to commemorate Victoria Day. We are also now closed Sundays until October 14. We reopen on Tuesday May 22 at 10am. 

Facts about Queen Victoria and Victoria Day:

  • Victoria Day celebrates Queen Victoria's birthday which was on May 24 (born in 1819)
  • Queen Victoria was the only daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent, Forth.
  • Queen Victoria became the sovereign ruler of Britain at the age of 18.
  • Queen Victoria married Prince Albert and together they had 9 children and 42 grandchildren.
  • Queen Victoria is the longest serving British monarch ever - she reigned for 63 years and 7 months. 
  • After Queen Victoria died in 1901, May 24 was made Empire Day through the British Empire and became known as Victoria Day in Canada. 
  • Originally Victoria Day was always celebrated on the 24th of May, but in 1952, an amendment was passed by Canadian Parliament to observe Victoria Day on the last Monday before or on May 24th.

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