The Royal Women

Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld – Finding happiness (Part one)

Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld was born on 17 August 1786 as the daughter of Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and Countess Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorf. Her parents had a total of ten children, of which seven survived to adulthood. Victoria’s sister Juliane married Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich of Russia, while another sister named Antoinette married Duke Alexander [read more]

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A double wedding at Kew

On 11 July 1818 at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, a double wedding took place in the drawing room at Kew Palace. The happy couples were the Duke of Clarence (the future King William IV) and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen and his younger brother the Duke of Kent and Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Why did they choose [read more]

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The baptism of the future Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria, or Princess Alexandrina Victoria as she was to be known before taking the throne, was baptised into the Church of England in the Cupola Room of Kensington Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Charles Manners-Sutton. The private affair, ordered by the Prince Regent (George III’s son, the Prince of Wales and later King [read more]

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The Birth of the future Queen Victoria

At Kensington Palace in the early hours (4.15 am) of 24 May 1819, Alexandrina Victoria was born to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (the Duchess of Kent), as Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent. Her grandfather was King George III who reigned from 1760 to 1820. [read more]