Friday, 19 November 2010

Victoria's Descendants

Internationally Victoria was a major figure, not just in image or in terms of Britain's influence through the empire, but also because of family links throughout Europe's royal families, earning her the affectionate nickname "the grandmother of Europe". Victoria and Albert had 42 grandchildren. Their hundreds of descendants include Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Harald V of Norway; Carl XVI of Sweden; Margrethe II of Denmark, and Juan Carlos I. (Longford, Elizabeth (1965). Queen Victoria: Born to Succeed. Harper & Row)

Remarkably, Victoria and Albert were 1st cousins!

Victoria and Albert had a common grandfather, Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld, who was father both of Albert's father Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and of Victoria's mother (Ernest's sister), Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld.

Duke Francis → Duke Ernest I → Prince Albert
Duke Francis → Princess Victoria → Queen Victoria

Their children went on to intermarry as well.. which is quite a headache if you try to figure it all out.. for a simpler explanation... and wonderful article which has pictures and more information see -- Grandchildren of Victoria and Albert

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