Queen Victoria

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert married on the 10th February and had nine children. The marriage of the Queen Victoria and Prince Albert into other royal families, and the likelihood that her children bore a mutant gene for haemophilia, affected European history. The number of royal families related to Queen Victoria and involved in World War 1 was extraordinary.

At first it was expected that the Hapsburg Emperor, Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary, would demand and be given an apology from Serbia. However by this point Europe's leading nations were locked in alliances - there was Serbia with Russia, Russia with France, France with Great Britain, Great Britain with Belgium on the one side, and Germany and Austria-Hungary on the other. With Serbia's apology not proving abject enough, relations between Serbia and Austria-Hungary were broken off. This finally alerted Europe's family of kings to the danger that threatened them.

Lots and lots of telegrams were sent between the crowned heads as they tried to avert the inevitable. Kaiser Wilhelm II (Willie) was particularly diligent in keeping touch with his cousins Georgie and Nicky. But by now there was nothing they could do as their powers counted for as little as their cousinhood. Franz Joseph, Nicholas II and Wilhelm II , technically, could have attempted to curtail the forth coming hostilities but they were at the mercy of more powerful forces: the generals, the politicians, the arms manufacturers, and the relentless timetables of mobilisation. Ultimatum followed ultimatum. In the face of national pride, imperial expansion and military glory, the protestations of the crowned heads were swept aside and World War 1 began.
Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise: b.1840, d. 1901

Was given the title Princess Royal because she was the eldest daughter. She married Frederick (Fritz) of Prussia, 1858 and was given the additional title of Empress of Germany.
Alice Maud Mary: b. 1843, d. 1878

After marrying married Prince Louis of Hesse-Darmstadt in 1862, Alice was given the additional title of Grand Duchess of Hesse-Darmstadt.
Helena Augusta Victoria: b.1846, d.1923

After marring Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein she was given the the additional title of Princess Helena of Schleswig-Holstein.
Arthur William Patrick Albert: b.1850, d.1942

Known as Duke of Connaught. He married Princess Louise of Prussia
Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore: b. 1856, d. 1944

After marrying Prince Henry of Battenberg she was given the additional title of Princess Beatrice of Battenberg.
Edward Albert: b. 1841, d.1910.

Edward was born on 9 November 1841 as the Duke of Cornwall and the Duke of Rothesay. He became the Prince of Wales a month later because he was next in line to the throne. He married Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863. Edward succeeded the British Throne as King Edward VII when Queen Victoria died and reigned until his death on 6th May 1910.
Alfred Ernest Albert: b. 1844, d.1900

Was given the title of Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. He married Princess Marie of Russia in 1874. He was the first member of the Royal family to visit Australia.
Louise Caroline Alberta: b.1848, d.1939

After marrying Marquess of Lorne in 1871, was given the the additional title of Dowager Duchess of Argyll
Leopold George Duncan Albert: b.1853, d.1884

Known as Duke of Albany. He married Princess Helena of Waldeck-Pyrmont.
The Royal Family today

The Royal family today is related to many European monarchies because of the marriages of Queen Victoria's children. Eight of Victoria's children sat on the thrones of Europe, those of Great Britain, Prussia, Greece, Romania, Russia, Norway, Sweden and Spain.
Queen Victoria was survived by 6 children, 40 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren, including four future sovereigns of England: Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and George VI.
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