Queen Victorias Children by John Van der KisteQueen Victoria and Albert, the Prince Consort, had nine children who, despite their very different characters, remained a close-knit family. Inevitably, as they married into European royal families their loyalties were divided and their lives dominated by political controversy. This is not only the story of their lives in terms of world impact, but also of personal achievements in their own right, individual contributions to public life in Britain and overseas, and as the children of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort.
Victoria & Albert: Part 1
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On 1 May , she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. Known as the Victorian era , her reign of 63 years and seven months was longer than that of any of her predecessors. It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. After both the Duke and his father died in , she was raised under close supervision by her mother and her comptroller , John Conroy. She inherited the throne aged 18 after her father's three elder brothers died without surviving legitimate issue.
1. Her first name wasn't Victoria.
He developed a protective bond with his elder brother, and the two grew even closer after his mother was exiled from court following an affair when Albert was just five. He never saw his mother again, and she died just days after his 12th birthday, leaving him with a profound sense of loss. Victoria, born several months before Albert in , was an only child. Her father, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, died shortly before she turned one, and she was raised by her mother Victoria, a former German princess. Victoria would share a bedroom with her mother until the day she became queen in , shortly after her 18th birthday. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert five years after their marriage. She and Albert were besotted with each other, and she filled her diaries with talk of their thriving sex life.
Queen Victoria famously dreaded the prospect of childbearing, but nevertheless had nine children with her husband, Prince Albert — five girls and four boys. Here, author John Van der Kiste brings you the facts about each of the monarch's sons and daughters — from the "mischievous" Princess Victoria to the troublesome heir to the throne, Prince Albert later Edward VII …. She hated and dreaded the thought of childbearing, and yet within a few weeks of her wedding she was pregnant. On 21 November that year, a child — the first of nine — was born. Despite any initial disappointment at not immediately presenting her husband and kingdom with a son and heir, Victoria was delighted to have a daughter. The queen did not intend to fulfil her promise of a prince so quickly, and was furious to discover soon after the first was christened that she was expecting again. This time, Victoria suffered from severe postnatal depression, and many months elapsed before she became pregnant with her next child.