The long weekend was a great rest for the citizens of Canada. It is a federal holiday to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday.
Canada has been celebrating this special day every year since 1845, 22 years before Canada became a country. Canada is the only country that commemorates Queen Victoria’s birthday as an official holiday. The federal government dictates that the Royal Union Flag is to be flown from sunrise to sunset on all federal government buildings.
Queen Victoria reigned over the United Kingdom and Ireland from 1837 to 1901. Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George the Third and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. When she had turned 18, she ascended to the throne. In 1840, she married her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and had nine children that married into royal and noble families. When her husband died in 1861 from typhoid fever, Victoria was devastated and wore black for the remainder of her life. She refused to make public appearances in London and was given the nickname, Widow of Windsor.
With the weather being reasonably warm, families all over Sarnia were able to spend the day outside. People were biking, walking, firework-shooting, and spending time with others.