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Queen Victoria and the Growth of the Royal Family

Queen Victoria's marriage to Prince Albert produced nine children and a very happy family life.

Between 1840 and 1857 saw the growth of the queen’s family. She eventually mothered nine children, whose descendants would earn her the moniker “Grandmother of Europe.”

The Queen Gives Birth to Nine Children

In a span of 17 years, from 1840 to 1857, Queen Victoria gave birth to four sons and five daughters, who all grew up to occupy most of the thrones of Europe.  

Victoria, Empress Frederick of Germany

The eldest daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal, was born in November 1840. Precocious and perhaps the most intelligent of Queen Victoria's daughters, she married the future Emperor Frederick III of Germany in 1858. 
She gave birth to eight children: the Emperor William II; Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen; Prince Henry; Prince Sigismund (who died in childhood); Victoria, Princess Adolph of Schaumburg-Lippe; Sophia, Queen of the Hellenes; and Margaret, Margravine of Hesse-Cass…

Diamond Moments Well Captured as Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates Diamond Jubilee with the People

Plus, surprising 1952 photos of the queen and the royal family shortly after her accession revealed after being kept secret for 60 years.

Photo Sources,

Rebecca, E. (2012, Feb. 10). Revealed for the first time in 60 years: First pictures of Elizabeth as Queen unveiled among family portraits taken after the death of her father King George. The Daily Mail.
See Queen Elizabeth II from her inauguration 60 years ago to now at her Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (2012, Feb. 6). National Post.

Three Queens and a Funeral: King George VI is Buried

The funeral of King George VI ushered in the era of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Heaven knows what it feels to lose a son, a husband, and a father. After all, He lost His son in the humblest, most painful way. In the dead of that frosty day, Feb. 15, sixty years ago, the sun hid and showed no signs of glistening the day. Mourning, perhaps, but not as hurting, as it did pierce the heart of old Queen Mary, who at 85, herself was nearing the end of her life. To have lost a husband is like losing half of your being, but to see three of your children passed away within your lifetime is too much for a weary heart to bear. For King George VI's wife, Queen Elizabeth, now Queen Mother, losing her dear Bertie meant spending the next 50 years alone, without a husband to share the joys of seeing more grandchildren in the family, or perhaps be ecstatic in seeing them get married and bear her great-grandchildren. For the new queen, Queen Elizabeth II, her father's death meant facing the reality that…

Queen Elizabeth II, Her Proclamation

Feb. 8, exactly sixty years ago, the new sovereign was proclaimed Queen Elizabeth II.

Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen at 11 am, Feb. 8, 1952. It happened at the balcony of St. James' Palace, the official seat of the monarchy, just next door after Clarence House. A little segue for this matter. Because St. James' Palace is the “official state palace,” hence every ambassador are accredited to the Court of St. James'.

Around 150 Lords of the Council, who were representing the Commonwealth and the City of London including the Lord Mayor-- as well as dignitaries from other countries were there to witness the new queen's accession. Doon Coolican wrote, “Kings of Arms, heralds and pursuivants in their medieval uniforms gathered with the Earl Marshall of England, the Duke of Norfolk. A fanfare of trumpets heralded Garter King of Arms.”

Watch Her Majesty's Proclamation

It was the latter who proclaimed to the crowd that the new queen had acceded to the throne. The proclamation …

The Queen's Official Diamond Jubilee Photograph and Speech

Transcript of the Queen's diamond jubilee message and the newly-issued Diamond Jubilee photograph.

Today, as I mark 60 years as your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee.

In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth. 

I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrat…

Queen Elizabeth, Her Accession

Sixty years ago, Queen Elizabeth II succeeded as sovereign. 

News of King George VI's death reached court officials in Kenya through news agencies. However, they waited for confirmation from Buckingham Palace before informing Princess Elizabeth of what had happened. Michael Parker, the Duke of Edinburgh's private secretary contacted sources in Nairobi and London for further information, while news via wire services were passed around among royal servants. Bobo MacDonald, the princess' hairdresser, and John Dean, the duke's valet, were the first to know that princess was now queen. They were sitting on the doorstep and cleaning shoes when the new queen's detective informed them of her accession. They must have been saddened and glad at the same time, but they carried on with their duties, having nothing else to think of but serve their masters.
The new queen still knew nothing about his father's passing. She emerged from her room to talk to them. She informed th…

Queen Elizabeth II, The Day She Became Queen

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 60th year on the throne.
The World War II had taken its toll not only on Britain, a country that was once hailed the mistress of the sea, but also on the frailing health of King-Emperor George VI. His constitution, already weak since childhood, severely suffered after reluctantly receiving a crown that his brother, the former Edward VIII, passed on to him in order to marry the woman he loved. Mixed with his chain-smoking habits and his restless efforts throughout the war, the king, who was the last emperor of India, eventually succumbed to thrombosis on his sleep at Sandringham House today, 60 years ago. A new era ushered in. The reign of Elizabeth II arrived in earnest while resting on a treetop lodge while on tour in Kenya. Her reign was one of the longest in British history and hers witnessed an upheaval that saw Britain relinquished her role as a leading world power while leading the task of modernizing the royal family and bringing it closer to th…
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