Celebrate Victoria Day with a time honoured tradition of Afternoon Tea at the Victorian Hotel, on Monday, May 20, 2013.

Posted on May 17th, 2013 by victorian in vancouver events, victorian hotel

Victorian Hotel is proudly celebrating Victoria Day, as it is the hotel’s namesake.  The Victorian Hotel in Vancouver was built in 1898, of Victorian Architecture during the reign of Queen Victoria, and officially holds the building name as Victoria Block.  Victoria Day is truly a Canadian tradition and has been celebrated since 1845 when Canada was a colony of the British Empire.  The Victorian Hotel will be hosting a time honoured tradition of Afternoon Tea with sweet treats for hotel guests on Monday, May 20th, 2013, Victoria Day.  While sipping tea and looking out the large bay windows enjoy the Victorian Hotel’s history of an era that bears the name of our Victorian Queen who reigned more than a Century ago.

Victorian Hotel Afternoon Tea

Victorian Hotel Afternoon Tea

Canada is the only country in the world to celebrate Victoria Day, which does mark the real birthday of Queen Victoria on May 24, 1819.  Victoria was crowned queen at age 18, and reigned from 1837-1901.  Canada officially observes Victoria Day on a Monday-May 24 if it works out; or on the Monday immediately before May 24th if it does not.  Thus, creating a long weekend in May where Canadians and BC Residents spend as much time in the warm outdoors by going camping, having picnics, staying in a hotel in Vancouver, or heading to the beach.  The May 24th long weekend is also known to some Canadians as the “May Two-Four” long weekend; where a case of 24 bottles of beer (often called a “Two-Four”) are consumed to celebrate the Victoria Day Long Weekend.  Regardless of how we Celebrate, Victoria Day allows Canadians to enjoy the onset of warm weather and our historical connection to the British Empire.

Queen Victoria

This is a languid portrait of the young Victoria with her hair down in 1943. The portrait was a birthday present from Victoria to her husband Albert.
It was known as the “secret picture” and was kept by Albert in his bedroom and was rarely seen by anyone outside the royal inner circle until it went
on public display in 2009. Painting by Franz Winterhalter, 1943. Royal Collection Trust.

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