Prince Edward, Duke of Kent & Strathearn & Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld


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Prince Edward, Duke of Kent & Strathearn & Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, (Edward Augustus; 2 November 1767 – 23 January 1820) was the fourth son and fifth child of King George III and Queen Charlotte. His only child, Victoria, became Queen of the United Kingdom 17 years after his death.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Edward,_Duke_of_Kent_and_Strathearn

Born: 2 November 1767, Buckingham House, London, England
Died: 23 January 1820 (aged 52)
Woolbrook Cottage, Sidmouth, England
Burial: 12 February 1820
Royal Vault, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
Spouse: Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (m. 1818)​
Children: Queen Victoria
Names: Edward Augustus
House: Hanover
Father: George III
Mother: Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (Marie Louise Victoire; 17 August 1786 – 16 March 1861), later Princess of Leiningen and subsequently Duchess of Kent and Strathearn, was a German princess and the mother of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. As the widow of Charles, Prince of Leiningen, from 1814, she served as regent of the Principality during the minority of her son from her first marriage, Carl, until her second wedding in 1818 to Prince Edward, fourth son of George III.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Victoria_of_Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

Born: Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
17 August 1786. Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Holy Roman Empire
Died: 16 March 1861 (aged 74)
Frogmore House, Windsor, Berkshire, England
Burial: 25 March 1861: Royal Vault, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
1 August 1861: Duchess of Kent's Mausoleum, Frogmore, Berkshire
Spouses:
Emich Karl, Prince of Leiningen
​(m. 1803; died 1814)​
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
​(m. 1818; died 1820)​
Childrens:
Carl, Prince of Leiningen
Feodora, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom
Names:
German: Marie Louise Victoire
House:
Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (until 1826)
Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (from 1826)
Father: Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Mother: Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf
 
Princess Victoria served as regent of the Principality of Leiningen until her second wedding in 1818 to Prince Edward.
 
Even before the death of Princess Charlotte, her husband Leopold had been urging his friend Edward to marry his pretty, impoverished sister.

Edward and Victoire were surprisingly happy together by all accounts (I can imagine improved circumstances helped her, but he seems to have been a pretty devoted husband prior to sudden death).

Edward like to boast that he lived a much less dissipated life than his brothers and that he'd outlive them all. Fate is a weird thing.
 
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