His daughter and Victoria's great, great granddaughter, Elizabeth II, now finds herself in the same happy position. To follow a successful, long lived and long reigning queen come three men. Three future kings.
The favourite name for a boy with the bookies is George. And if this little boy, born today to future Queen Consort the Duchess of Cambridge, is a George and anything like the 1896 baby who took Victoria's crown forward then England just got very lucky indeed.
Well done that Duchess. Kate's wait is over and her little boy is here.
(photo Tom Soper Photography)