Skip to main content

Queen Victoria, Biography: Marriage to Prince Albert

Queen Victoria married her true love, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 1840.

Queen Victoria in her wedding dress.
Queen Victoria’s love story was quite a lucky one. Unlike other royals of her era, she was able to marry the man she truly loved who, in return, loved her too, and raise a family that would populate most of Europe’s thrones by the dawn of the 20th century.
The wedding ceremony.

Initial Prospects of Marriage

Prince Alexander of Orange, a
prospective groom for the future queen.

 As early as 1836, the duchess of Kent, and her brothers King Leopold and the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, was keen to wed off Victoria with Prince Albert, the duke’s second son. Thus, in May 1836, a carefully arranged meeting took place between the cousins when the Duke and his two sons paid a visit to the duchess and her daughter in Kensington Palace.

King William IV, however, detested the match and the visit since he wanted Victoria to marry Prince Alexander of Orange.

Lord Melbourne Urges Queen Victoria to Marry Prince Albert

Not too long after she ascended, Lord Melbourne advised the young queen to marry to set herself free from her mother, the Duchess of Kent. As a matter of fact, her letters that time were filled with interest in Albert’s education and role it would play should he take him as her husband. But marriage plans did not push through until 1839.

Baron Stockmar Comes to Prince Albert’s Aid

The Baron Stockmar, one of the finest
statesmen of Europe during his time
and Prince Albert's mentor and
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha had long been under the tutelage of Baron Stockmar, who was one of the most important and least conspicuous figures of 19th century politics and it was was even suggested during that time that Albert was Stockmar’s creation, and later on, it has been said that, from 1840 onwards, Queen Victoria was Albert’s creation.

Queen Victoria proposes for marriage to Prince Albert

On Oct. 10, 1839, Prince Albert traveled to London with his brother Ernest to visit the Queen Victoria, with the plan of finally settling the marriage. On Oct. 15, Queen Victoria proposed to him after their first meeting; as queen, Victoria could not receive a proposal.

The Queen was delightful to know that Prince Albert felt the same for her as she had for him. Prince Albert later sent her a letter, saying that “even in my dreams I never imagined that I should find so much love on Earth.”

Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha were married at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace on Feb. 10, 1840, the queen being entirely dressed of British manufacture.

In contrast with the rich display of verging on ostentation shown by her predecessors, Queen Victoria’s wedding gown was a note of simplicity. Her dress of white Spitalfields satin with a low neckline, fitted bodice, and full-pleated skirt was indeed a highlight of any Victorian wedding theme.

The newly wed couple walk hand in hand after their wedding ceremony.

She popularized the notion of wearing orange blossom on the wedding and her wedding dress was a display of originality – her gown was trimmed by bobbin Honiton lace and her face was concealed by a wedding veil, the popularity of which designers credited to her.

But Victoria chose to be married at midday so the public could enjoy the spectacle. Her wedding cake was a sight to behold; it stood 9 feet tall and measured 16 inches wide.

After the wedding, the Queen and Prince Albert embarked on a short honeymoon, which, as she described to Lord Melbourne, “was the most gratifying and bewildering night,” with Albert. Nine months later, Queen Victoria bore their first child and they went on to have nine children.

Read more about Queen Victoria's wedding on the following resources:

Queen Victoria, by Lytton Strachey, Chapter IV: Marriage
Queen Victoria's Marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 
Victorian Wedding: Queen Victoria Wedding
Queen Victoria's Wedding Dress: The One that Started it All
Wedding Dresses, and What They Meant (National Geographic)
Queen Victoria's Wedding, or Why Women Wear White


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

10 Interesting Facts About Princess Margaret of United Kingdom, Countess of Snowdon

Princess Margaret Rose was one of the most popular, albeit controversial, royals during her lifetime. She was a rather sad figure, a victim of love at an early age and a person who constantly sought affection and attention as she went on to looked for the real meaning of her life. Might as well want to learn about the colorful life of Queen Elizabeth II's younger sister? Here are 10 interesting facts about her.

1. Born on August 30, 1930, in Glamis, the family seat of her mother's family, Princess Margaret was the first member of the British Royal Family to be born in Scotland for over 300 years.

2. Her parents, the then Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) wanted to call her Anne, but her grandfather, King George V, vetoed, so they named her Margaret Rose, instead.

3. In 1936, the princess' relatively peaceful life was altered considerably when his uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated to marry the woman he loved, the two-time American divorce…

King Edward VIII’s Financial Settlement: How Much Money Did He Get After The Abdication?

King Edward VIII leaped into financial uncertainty the moment he signed the Instrument of Abdication on December 10, 1936. That same day, Edward, now known as Duke of Windsor, entered into an agreement with his younger brother and successor, King George VI, that secured him £25,000 annually for the rest of his life. However, the King later renounced this agreement and instead offered him a smaller amount which would cease upon the King's death. The condition is that Edward should never step into British soil unless invited by government.

The Private Residences of the British Royals

Let’s check out the privately-owned or leased residences of the members of the British Royal Family. The list does not include the state-owned residences, like Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, as well as those owned by the duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster.  This list, however, includes properties leased by members of the Royal Family for the purpose of having their own private residence.
Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle is the private residence of Queen Elizabeth II in Royal Deeside in Scotland. Purchased by Prince Albert in 1852, the property reminded him of his homeland, Thuringia, Germany. Prince Albert and Queen Victoria originally leased the property until the deal was sealed to purchase the estate for £32,000. The couple expanded the rather small house to fit in the growing family of the royal couple. Ownership of the property passed on to the eldest son (usually the sovereign). King Edward VIII retained ownership of Balmoral after his abdication. A financial settlement was …