Bicentennial of the Birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Queen Victoria as a baby
2019 sees the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Queen Victoria was born on 24th May 1819 at Kensington Palace, London. She was the only daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent, fourth son of George III. Her father died shortly after her birth and she became heir to the throne because the three uncles who were ahead of her in the succession – George IV, Frederick Duke of York and William IV – had no legitimate children who survived.
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was born on 26 August 1819 at Schloss Rosenau, in Bavaria. He was the younger son of the duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who divorced Albert’s mother on grounds of adultery when Albert was 7 years old.
Victoria and Albert were first cousins. Albert was the son of Victoria’s mother’s brother; Leopold their mutual uncle.
Albert (left) with his elder brother Ernest and mother Louise