Victoria (1819-1901) was the queen of the United Kingdom from 1837 until her death in 1901. She became queen on the death of her uncle in 1837. She married her cousin Prince Albert in 1840. During her reign, vast changes in the cultural and socioeconomic fabric of her nation occured. Social reform acts were passed, such as the Education Act and the Public Health Act. She also expanded the British Empire to its greatest ever territory, forming the largest empire the world had ever scene. Many places are named after her: Victoria, British Columbia, Lake Victoria, and Victoria, a state in Australia. She is regarded as one of Britain's greatest leaders.