Queen Victoria's Children
Past display archive
2 September 2008 - 15 March 2009
Room 24 case display
Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
by James Russell & Sons
The image of domestic happiness cultivated by Victoria and Albert was in contrast to the scandals and excesses that had typified the reigns of Victoria's uncles George IV and William IV. The growing availability of photography meant that, for the first time, the public could see what the royal family really looked like and collect their images. When Albert died in 1861, Victoria sought comfort and companionship with her children, but struggled to adjust to their growing independence. The children married into almost every major European royal family, and Queen Victoria became known as the 'Grandmother of Europe'. Prince Albert had hoped that this network of marriages would secure peace across the continent, but war and revolution in the early twentieth century dissolved many of these family allegiances.