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.