Queen Victoria and Married life.
By Gary Marsh
May 15, 2019 1:33am CST
Queen Victoria. Married life. Queen Victoria had met her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe –Coburg and Gotha when she was 17. She met him again and proposed to him in October 1839 and married at St. James Palace in February 1840. Queen Victoria was a trend setter. She married in a complete white dress and set a fashion that continues to this day. She forbade anyone else to wear white at her wedding. The design of the dress was destroyed so that her dress could not be copied. A year later they had their first child who was one of nine that followed. 1. Victoria the Princess Royal. Married Frederick III German Emperor 2. Edward VII. Married Princess Alexandra of Denmark. 3. Princess Alice Married Prince Louis Ludwig IV Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine. 4. Alfred Duke of Saxe-Coburg Gotha Married Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia 5. Princess Helena Married Prince Christian of Schleswig Holstein. 6. Princes Louise Married Marquess of Lorne 9th Duke ofArgyll 7. Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught & Strathearn Married Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia 8. Prince Leopold Duke of Albany Married Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont 9. Princess Beatrice Married Prince Henry of Battenburg. Their children married into other Royal families throughout Europe creating stronger bonds and strengthening the European dynasties. All of the children went on to have their own children with the exception of Princess Louise who remained childless. In total there were 42 grandchildren many of whom married into other Royal families around Europe. Queen Victoria became known as the grandmother of Europe. Queen Victoria curse. Queen Victoria carried the haemophilia gene a blood clotting disorder which she passed on to some of her children. Her youngest son Leopold developed Haemophilia and two of her daughters became carriers of this disease. Other children around Europes Royal Families also developed Haemophila none so famous as Alexei Tsarevich of Russia from the Romanov dynasty. Victoria’s World came crushing down. Queen Victoria’s mother the Dowager Duchess of Kent died in March 1861. Following her death. Queen Victoria became inconsolable when she read the diaries of her mother who she realised loved her unconditionally. She blamed Lord Conroy and Baroness Lehzen for tainting the relationship between them. Prince Albert took on some of the responsibilities of Victoria while she came to terms with the loss of her mother. Worse was to come later in the year. Sadly Prince Albert died at an early age of 42 on 14th December 1861. His cause of death was recorded as Typhoid. However two years previously on a trip to Germany the Princes carriage had bolted and crashed he jumped from the carriage just in the nick of time however from then on he was plagued with stomach troubles. Historians hazard a guess that in fact he had Crohn’s disease, renal failure or abdominal cancer which would certainly tie in with the symptoms he had been suffering with. Queen Victoria went into a state of Mourning and withdrew from Public life. She did continue with managing affairs of state but would not be seen in public for many years. Initially Prince Albert was buried in St. George’s chapel Windsor until a mausoleum at Frogmore was built for him and Queen Victoria to be laid to rest. For the rest of her life Queen Victoria only wore black.
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