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Article which briefly examines Queen Victoria’s attitude towards her children.
https://www.biography.com/news/queen...d-relationship
Very interesting as I often wondered who was her favourite child?
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:41 AM
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I think Queen Victoria's favourites changed over the years. Prince Albert's favourite was Vicky, later the Empress Friedrich while Victoria's was Alfred when he was a boy. Later he started exhibiting louche and womanising behaviour, and she disapproved. Arthur became the favourite among her sons as she decided he was very like his father. After the Prince Consort's death she clung to her youngest child Beatrice, and never wanted her to marry and leave her. Beatrice's husband Henry Battenburg had to settle for a life at Court with his mother in law.

I think Queen Victoria certainly found two of her children, Louise and Leopold, quite difficult to deal with and of course she disapproved of the lifestyle of Bertie Prince of Wales, though she was fond of him.
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Today the press was invited for a preview of the Queen Victoria Palace Exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth.

The exhibition at Buckingham Palace will open on July 20:


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** dm article: Queen Victoria's throne, ball gown - and a casket filled with her children's teeth - are among the regal 19th century treasures ..**
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Old 07-17-2019, 12:49 PM
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Here's a video of H.M.The Queen from the Queen Victoria Palace Exhibition today.

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Do you think that it was wise for Queen Victoria to try to make marriage matches for some of her grandchildren?
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Old 07-26-2019, 10:29 PM
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Not by the standards of today, no. However during her lifetime almost all monarchs and leaders of royal Houses (or their wives) engaged in matchmaking for young relatives.
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Old 07-27-2019, 05:01 AM
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Not by the standards of today, no. However during her lifetime almost all monarchs and leaders of royal Houses (or their wives) engaged in matchmaking for young relatives.
It was inevitable surely. Royals had to marry and produce children.. and also to an extent to use hteir marriages for diplomatic reasons. So Victoiria was bound to do it, like other royal mothers. She tried to get her children married to people they got on with.. and did not force anyone into marriage.
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Old 07-27-2019, 05:17 AM
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Back in those days I assume that even many non-royal marriages were a matter of people being matched together by relatives or friends or even downright arranged for mostly economic, religious or class reasons.
Most royal marriages definitely were right out arranged up until the 1940s or 1950s with history littered with many a tearful brides. A delighted Queen Elisabeth of Belgium famously declared that her son Leopold's marriage to Princess Astrid of Sweden was a love match, but still had no qualms about setting her daughter Marie-José up with Umberto of Italy. The tradition of "encouraged" marriages continued even longer with for instance Queen Frederika of Greece and Lord Mountbatten who both famously trying to set young relatives up with each other or other suitable partners with the disastrous result in the marriage of Prince Charles and Lay Diana Spencer. Frederika's daughter Queen Sofia tried to set Felipe up with many girls of a suitable background of which the most well-known was Tatiana of Liechtenstein.
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It was inevitable surely. Royals had to marry and produce children.. and also to an extent to use hteir marriages for diplomatic reasons. So Victoiria was bound to do it, like other royal mothers. She tried to get her children married to people they got on with.. and did not force anyone into marriage.
She might not have "forced" anyone, but certainly Ernst of Hesse and Victoria Melita of Edinburgh felt enough pressure to marry even though both fancied others. Ducky and Ernie divorced with alacrity after Victoria's death and she later married her first love, her cousin Grand Duke Kyril of Russia, despite royal opposition from both families.
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She might not have "forced" anyone, but certainly Ernst of Hesse and Victoria Melita of Edinburgh felt enough pressure to marry even though both fancied others. Ducky and Ernie divorced with alacrity after Victoria's death and she later married her first love, her cousin Grand Duke Kyril of Russia, despite royal opposition from both families.
Sure, but you can hardly have expected her to act differently at the time. It is tragic though that some of the marriage were so unhappy. And as for Ernst and Victoria Melita, they had to lose their only child too.
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Did Queen Victoria send a personal condolence to a royal relative when there was a demise in his/her family?
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