Queen Victoria & Prince Albert
The young British Queen, Victoria married her First Cousin, Albert in 1840, making him the Prince Consort. “He possesses every quality that can be desired to make me perfectly happy,” she wrote. The father of her nine children, Prince Albert was also among Victoria’s most trusted advisers. When he died suddenly of typhoid in 1861, the Queen was devastated. She mourned his death for forty years.
Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, later Victoria Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven (Victoria Alberta Elisabeth Mathilde Marie; 5 April 1863 – 24 September 1950) was the eldest daughter of Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine (1837–1892), and his first wife Princess Alice of the United Kingdom (1843–1878), daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Prince Albert (1819-1861) miniature by Guglielmo Faija in 1856. The name Saxe-Coburg-Gotha came to the British Royal Family in 1840 with the marriage of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert, son of Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg Gotha. Queen Victoria remained a member of the House of Hanover. The only British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was her Uncle King Edward VII who reigned for 9 years. King George V replaced the German-sounding title with that of Windsor during the 1st World War....
The day after their wedding the Queen wrote in her diary: " I NEVER, NEVER spent such an evening!!! MY DEAREST DEAREST DEAR Albert ... his excessive love & affection gave me feelings of heavenly love & happiness...He clasped me in his arms, & we kissed each other again & again! His beauty, his sweetness & gentleness ... such a Husband! ... to be called by names of tenderness, I have never yet heard used to me before – was bliss beyond belief! Oh! This was the happiest day of my life!"
Princess Louise, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. She was the only one of Queen Victoria's children to marry a commoner, the Marquess of Lorne, later Duke of Argyle. She was talented in both painting in sculpture and took classes at an art school. Her later life was plagued with marital problems and lasting effects from a head injury sustained during a sleigh accident.