Queen Victoria's Family

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≈ Queen Victoria ruled from 1837 until her death in 1901. Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897, was the first time the term had been used in the context of a 60th anniversary.

≈ Great Britain
Queen Victoria’s descendants have ruled Great Britain for over 100 years, with the throne passing from father to son to brother and eventually to daughter. After Queen Victoria’s eldest son King Edward VII, who ruled from 1901 to 1910, came his son King George V (1910–1936), George’s son King Edward VIII (1936), Edward’s brother King George VI (1936–1952), and George’s daughter Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Victoria’s descendants have ruled Europe from Norway in the north to Yugoslavia in the south, from Spain in the west to Russia in the east. They have sat on thrones as monarchs and consorts; at one time ruling ten countries as well as other smaller monarchies and principalities in Europe. Many of these monarchies have since been deposed, but Queen Victoria’s descendants still rule over five European countries.

≈ Germany: Victoria, Princess Royal, Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia
Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter married Prince Frederick of Prussia. He ascended the throne as Emperor Frederick III. of Germany, making his wife Empress Victoria of Germany during his short reign. After his death, their son became Emperor Wilhelm II. of Germany, ruling until the monarchy was deposed.

≈ Greece: Victoria, Princess Royal, Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia
Queen Sophie of Greece, (née Princess Sophie of Prussia)
When Sophie of Prussia married Prince Constantine of the Hellenes, she brought her grandmother’s genes to Greece. Her husband became King Constantine I., and Queen Victoria’s descendants ruled Greece through their three sons King George II., King Alexander I., and King Paul I., and through their grandson King Constantine II., under whom the Greek monarchy was deposed.

≈ Norway: King Edward VII
When King Edward VII.’s daughter Maud married Prince Carl of Denmark, she did not know that she would later become queen when her husband would be elected King Haakon VII. of Norway. He was succeeded by his son King Olav V., who was succeeded by his son King Harald V.

≈ Denmark: Princess of Wales - Alexandra of Denmark
Princess Ingrid of Sweden, Margaret (Princess Margaret of Connaught and Gustaf’s daughter), married the future King Frederik IX. of Denmark. He was succeeded by their daughter Queen Margrethe II.

≈ Russia: Alice, Princess Louis of Hesse and Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine
Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter through her daughter Alice, married Tsar Nicholas II. of Russia and became Tsarina Alexandra. They reigned over Russia until the monarchy was overthrown in 1917.

≈ Yugoslavia: Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
Princess Marie of Romania, daughter of King Ferdinand I. and Queen Marie Marie of Romania (daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh), married King Alexander I. of Yugoslavia. Their son followed his father as King Peter II. until the monarchy was deposed.

≈ Romania: Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
Princess Marie of Great Britain, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter through her son Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, married Prince Ferdinand of Romania. He ruled as King Ferdinand I, and was succeeded by their son King Carol II., and grandson King Michael I., under whom the monarchy was deposed.

≈ Prussia: Helena, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein
(First family member to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary)
Helena's nephew Kaiser Wilhelm II, (son of the Prussian crown princess) would marry Christian's brother's daughter Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein.

≈Sweden: Arthur, Duke of Connaught
Princess Louise Prussia; later Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn; was a German princess, the wife of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. Princess Margaret of Great Britain, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter through her son Arthur, Duke of Connaught, married Crown Prince Gustaf of Sweden. She died before her husband ascended the throne as King Gustaf VI Adolf. Her legacy lives on in her grandson King Carl XVI. Gustaf, who succeeded his grandfather.

≈ Sweden: Leopold, Duke of Albany
Through Leopold's son, Charles Edward, Leopold was the great-grandfather of the current King of Sweden. Charles Edward was the maternal grandfather of King Carl XVI. Gustaf of Sweden.

≈ Spain: Beatrice, Princess Henry of Battenberg
Beatrice, (Ena) of Battenberg, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter through her youngest daughter Beatrice, married King Alfonso XIII. of Spain. She was queen until her husband was deposed.

Please forgive incorrect names or dates associated with gallery images and text. This becomes most convoluted and errors are quite possible.
Elizabeth II. Diamond Jubilee, 2012. She became the oldest monarch to sit on the English throne in 2007; surpassing George III., the longest-lived English King, the longest-serving king in British history. Sep. 9, 2015, her reign surpassed that of Queen Victoria. The Prince of Wales will be the oldest to succeed to the throne, passing William IV., age 64.
Elizabeth II's "Windsor Age" will never surpass Victoria in the annals of history. To wit: Elizabeth II. witnessed the marriage break-ups of not only her sister Princess Margaret but also her three eldest children. Princess Anne married Mark Phillips Nov. 14, 1973, Divorced: Apr. 28, 1992; second marriage, Timothy Laurence, Dec. 12, 1992. Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer Jul. 29, 1981. They divorced in 1996. Second marriage to his mistress Camilla Parker-Bowles, Apr. 9, 2005. Prince Andrew (made Duke of York) married Sarah Ferguson Jul. 23, 1986, divorced 1996. ...clearly not Victoria's legacy.

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Source Copyright: Eilers, Marlene A. Queen Victoria’s Descendants. Falkoping, Sweden: Rosvall Royal Books, 1997.

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