Much like Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria was never expected to ascend to the British throne. Here are 12 things you might not have known about Queen Victoria. Whether or not there was any veracity to those rumors didn’t matter; on June 20, 1837, following the death of her uncle William, Duke of Clarence, 18-year-old Princess Alexandrina Victoria became Queen Victoria. Culture Club/Getty ImagesBeing in the public eye has its advantages and disadvantages, and for Queen Victoria that meant being the frequent target of assassination attempts. Culture Club/Getty ImagesIf you've ever wondered where the white wedding dress tradition originated, look no further than Queen Victoria.