For those who do not know much about these two great rulers, you should really read this post as it’s not about their reign or how they succeded to the throne. It’s not about the laws or treaties of the kingdom. Infact this is about the love story of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert.
This epic love story is not far off from a fairy-tale romance. It began when Albert visited Victoria in 1939. Yes, they met before in May 1936 (the family made them encounter one another on purpose) as they were first cousins, they had common grandparents.
Who were – Queen Victoria’s mother, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld and Prince Albert’s father, Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, were brother and sister.
Albert & Victoria’s grandparents were: Countess (Princess) Augusta Caroline Sophie Reuss of Ebersdorf
January 19, 1757 – November 16, 1831
& Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld – July 15, 1750 – December 9, 1806 .
Now it wasn’t all perfectly flowing harmoniously. Prior to the wedding there were problems.
Victoria’s elderly uncle believed that she should marry someone other than Albert yet when she met albert in 1936 Victoria stated this :
“[Albert] is extremely handsome; his hair is about the same colour as mine; his eyes are large and blue, and he has a beautiful nose and a very sweet mouth with fine teeth; but the charm of his countenance is his expression, which is most delightful.” Alexander, on the other hand, she described as “very plain”.
Now although there was no formal engagement, the family were aware that a prospect of marriage most possible. It could and would take place.
Yet again more hurdles came along Albert’s way. His family were roman catholic and the people of Britain did not take a liking towards him he was also granted a smaller annuity than previous consorts. His being £30,000 when others had received £50,000
Albert Initially felt that the marriage to Victoria would constrict him as he would be Victoria’s consort. When one is a consort it means they do not really have duties or power, basically they are married to someone who is ruling and is in charge.
Well there were certainly hindrance’s to their marriage but eventually Victoria proposed to him on 15 October 1839, just five days after he had arrived at Windsor and they wed on 10 February 1840 at St. James’s Palace.
The afternoon after her wedding ceremony Victoria was lying down with a headache yet she didn’t forget to write in her diary.
I NEVER, NEVER spent such an evening!!! MY DEAREST DEAREST DEAR Albert … his excessive love & affection gave me feelings of heavenly love & happiness I never could have hoped to have felt before! He clasped me in his arms, & we kissed each other again & again! His beauty, his sweetness & gentleness – really how can I ever be thankful enough to have such a Husband! … to be called by names of tenderness, I have never yet heard used to me before – was bliss beyond belief! Oh! This was the happiest day of my life!
Bless her ❤
Not only was Albert her companion he became her greatest advisor, taking the place of dearest Lord Melbourne.
Her first child was also named Victoria born on 21st November 1840. Over the following seventeen years, she and Albert had a further eight children: Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (1841) , Alice (1843) , Alfred (1844), Helena (b. 1846), Louise (b. 1848), Arthur (b. 1850), Leopold (b. 1853) and Beatrice (b. 1857).
Albert died in 1861 at the age of 42. Victoria was convinced the stress of dealing with Edward’s (her son) reckless affair had led directly to her husband’s death, believed to be from typhoid fever, aged 42. She stated
“I never can or shall look at him without a shudder,”
For the next 40 years – the rest of her life – Victoria wore black. She was constantly in mourning and only appeared in public rarely and reluctantly. To her people, the tiny “widow of Windsor” seemed a pathetic, grief-stricken figure. The truth was very different.
Victoria and Albert reigned together for twenty years.
In memory of her husband, Victoria had his clothes laid out every day until her death, at the age of 81
Such a tragic end to their love story but one that was soo intense, powerful and most of all real ❤