In 1819 Princess Victoria of Kent and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha were born within three months of each other. Her mother and his father were sister and brother. Twenty years later, the young Queen Victoria was completely bowled-over by her handsome cousin and wrote in her diary that he was ‘beautiful’. Within six months she had married him and was pregnant with the first of their nine children.

Those children’s children and grandchildren were encouraged to intermarry, and from them descend the Royal Families of Britain, Greece, Spain, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The kings of Romania and Yugoslavia were also descended from Victoria and Albert, and the last Kaiser of Germany was their eldest grandchild. The last Tsarina of Russia, Alexandra Feodorovna (born Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine), was a granddaughter, while her sister Victoriaof Hessewas the mother of Earl Mountbatten of Burma and the maternal grandmother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

A lovely book

The Gift Shop at the Queen’s Sandringham estate, Norfolk.

  • 106 pages
  • 150 photographs
  • 16 Family Trees

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