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Old 10-18-2009, 06:42 PM
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Posts regarding the discussion of Queen Mary's name and her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Teck have been moved to the appropriate thread http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...53-a-5985.html .

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Old 10-18-2009, 08:08 PM
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I think that "passed around" is a pretty good description of how Mary was treated. The senior royals decided that Mary was good marriage material, and just because one engagement didn't work, that doesn't mean she wasn't still a good candidate.
It seems cruel and inhumane in this day and age, but the whole function of royal women in a hereditary monarchy was (and still is?) to get married and have children. Mary knew that and I think pretty much accepted it.
If Eddy had become king, what do people think he would have styled himself as: Albert I, Victor I, or Edward VIII?
Edward VIII- the most traditional choice is what he would have chosen I feel. Victor? No, there would be no reason to choose that name.As for Albert, I doubt it, although Queen Victoria would have loved that had she been able to see it. May was good marriage material. She proved an excellant Queen Consort and good wife to George V. She also had all sons except for one girl, which in those days was a desirable attribute for a royal woman to have.
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:45 PM
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Maybe Albert Victor I? This would have honored both grandparents but Grace Angel is probably correct that he would have chosen Edward because we are assuming he would have taken the throne after his father who was Edward VII.

May was good marriage material, with a definite sense of duty and knew how to behave but having mostly sons was due to her husband, wasn't it? Of course, back then they would not have known, or suspected, that it was the man who determined the sex of the child.
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I'm not so sure if he would have chosen Edward VIII. Didn't he had quite a difficult relationship with his father?
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I have not read much about the Prince's life but I thought Edward VII was fond and got along with all of his children. I did read that upon "Eddy's" death, the Prince of Wales wrote to the Queen that he would have sacrificed his life for his son.
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I watched "A royal family" recently and as I remember right they said Edward VII. wasn't very fond of Eddie's way of dressing and found him a bit cissy.
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I'm not so sure if he would have chosen Edward VIII. Didn't he had quite a difficult relationship with his father?
Yes. His relationship with his father was quite difficult.

Prince Albert Victor did mention in a letter that Edward was his preferred name rather than Albert Victor which nobody other than Queen Victoria ever referred to him by. It was probable that he would have been styled King Edward VIII had he eventually ascended the throne. This was probably a personal preference only rather than related to any difficulties with family members.
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He was know as Eddy. He was strange, difficult and not at ease with his father. He would enevr have been King Albert Victor. His father loved him ,as parents love even the most difficult of children.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:45 PM
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What parent has not, at times, had a difficult relationship with his or her children? Amusing, at least to me, that Edward VII might have had problems with Eddy's style of attire inasmuch as Edward was considered a dandy and quite a trend setter when it came to fashion. From the photos I've seen, it appears Eddy favored military uniforms and suits.
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Amusing, at least to me, that Edward VII might have had problems with Eddy's style of attire inasmuch as Edward was considered a dandy and quite a trend setter when it came to fashion.
That's what I never understood. They both seemed to be dandy-like.
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I should say that I also do have a great deal of sympathy for Queen Mary, she lost 3 of her sons, her husband and also her first fiancé. Also the scandal of Edward IIV and Wallis.
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There is a documentary on YouTube called "Prince Eddy- The King We Never Had" posted by the same person who put up "Edward VII- Prince of Pleasure".

I DO NOT endorse the Prince Eddy documentary. See for yourselves but it is very one sided and trys to make Eddy someone he was not.

This documentary is also very derogatory about George V lamenting that he was a dull king and that Eddy would have been a far better king than his brother. I was deeply shocked at this outright slander of a king and his reign.

**This post can also apply to the George V thread**
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:55 PM
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I agree the "documentary" relies over much on speculation and "what ifs" but I don't think it slanders George V. It romanticizes the dead Duke of Clarence but it is fascinating to consider how history might have changed if the Duke had lived and took the throne after Edward VII. For example, George V did rescind the invitation for the Russian Royal Family to come to England. Now if Eddy was on the throne, don't you think as one who had been in love with Alexandra, that he might have allowed them to enter the country? what if . . .
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I should say that I also do have a great deal of sympathy for Queen Mary, she lost 3 of her sons, her husband and also her first fiancé. Also the scandal of Edward IIV and Wallis.
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There is a documentary on YouTube called "Prince Eddy- The King We Never Had"...
Sans the speculation its pretty interesting piece, it's looks like the late was a decent man and would make a good king.

As for the speculative part its pretty silly, on one hand they suggest that PAV would be much more sensitive to the feeling of British public and then suggest he would ignore them completely in order to save his extremely unpopular Russian relatives. I also think they exaggerated the impact of George V on the BRF, the ones which build the BRF image as the perfect representation of middle class values was Victoria and Albert.
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Just to give my two cents, I don't think Mary was passed around or mistreated by Victoria's family. The same thing that happened to Mary happened to Alexandra's sister in Russia and in both situations everything ended up fine. I don't know a lot about Mary but becoming the queen of England would have been a good thing for her; and she might not have been against marrying her dead fiancé's brother.
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How sad he died so young.Queen Victoria said right after his death "Gladly would I have given my life for his".

He looked so much like his mother.I wonder how things would be different if he was King and not George.
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We'll never know. I guess it was never meant to be. But weren't some people actually relieved by the prince's premature death, because George behaved himself better and they thought he would make a better king? (We've probably talked about it in this thread, but I'm too lazy to check it up right now.)
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How sad he died so young.Queen Victoria said right after his death "Gladly would I have given my life for his".

He looked so much like his mother.I wonder how things would be different if he was King and not George.

It would have been a disaster!
He was bad news; I read that he proved "impossible to educate."
Rumor had it that he spent much of his time in the brothels of the East End and may have contracted syphilis.

But there were lots of nasty rumors about him, including that he may have been Jack the Ripper!

(An interesting mystery about this is David Dickinson's Goodnight, Sweet Prince; it said "Eddy's" death was really murder and there was a massive cover-up).
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It would have been a disaster!
He was bad news; I read that he proved "impossible to educate."
Rumor had it that he spent much of his time in the brothels of the East End and may have contracted syphilis.

But there were lots of nasty rumors about him, including that he may have been Jack the Ripper!

(An interesting mystery about this is David Dickinson's Goodnight, Sweet Prince; it said "Eddy's" death was really murder and there was a massive cover-up).
I agree the prince would not have made an ideal ruler but surely it is now common knowledge that most of these rumours have been proven to be either complete falsehoods or not based on any existing information. The David Dickinson book is a fictitious NOVEL only and it is extraordinary that the Jack the Ripper murders are still even mentioned as being connected with the Royal Family.
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