Cool Moments in History: Queen Victoria, the Grandmother of EuropesteemCreated with Sketch.

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With a life of 81 years and a reign of 63 as the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the then most powerful country in the world, it seems a great injustice to only write about the number of children she had. But alas that is what this post will be about.

Marriage Alliances

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (don't laugh that was his name) were married for 21 years until his death and they raised 9 children together.

At that time royal children not only loved offspring but also tools of statecraft. Oft married to friendly royal families to shore up alliances and to one time foes to cement new treaties.

In this way several of her children were married into other Monarchies across Europe. One more generation would see some of her 42 grandchildren represented in the royal families of Germany, Russia, Greece, Romania, Sweden, Norway and Spain.

World War I

The rulers of 3 of the main participants of WWI were grandchildren of Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm (of Germany), Tsarina Alexandra (of Russia) and George V (of Britain).

Kaiser Wilhelm even lamented that it was a shame she was not still alive (having died in 1901) as she never would of allowed her grandchildren to go to war.

I am not sure Wilhelm was correct in that, but it is a nice picture, an elderly grandmother scolding her grandchildren for fighting. Only with real soldiers instead of toy ones.


souce: Here is a picture of Queen Victoria and some of her many offspring


Sources:

History extra

Wikipedia




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Wow, didn't know much about Queen Victoria. Even less did I know that her bloodline spread so far over Europe even to Sweden ( I'm Swedish ). It's interesting today how so many think they know so much when we know very little about our own history. Nice post !

nice article , but wait let my take my rosy spectacles off , Victora was hated by the working classes and was regularly pelted with rotten veg , hence the need for those gold carriages and troops of soldiers accompanying her where ever she went
as for paternal , "Queen Victoria was a 'needy' and 'domineering' mother who was so sexually obsessed with her husband Prince Albert that she grew to resent their nine children.
she a 'domestic tyrant' whose 'insane' desire to control her children's lives scarred them permanently
The Queen's strict parenting even shocked Albert. In one letter to her, he wrote: 'It is a pity you find no consolation in the company of your children. The trouble lies in the mistaken notion the function of a mother is to be always correcting, scolding and ordering them about.'
with a granny like that who needs to be buggered and raped by a politician

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nice history..

Great post.. I love your picture.

it was like blast from the past thanks for sharing about it :)

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Sorry bro, I was a day behind. I actually thought yesterday was friday. My bad man.