Queen Victoria – Europe’s Grandmother?
Is Queen Victoria really the Grandmother of Europe? Isabella of Castille may want to lay claim to that title for herself!
Queen Victoria was certainly a very fertile Queen having 9 children - 5 daughters and 4 sons. Not only was Victoria a Queen she was also an Empress this meant that her children were always going to make good, political marriages.
Combine Queen Victoria’s fertility with her position and the prestige associated with her it is hardly surprising that her grandchildren have infiltrated so many royal and power houses around the world.
Queen Victoria’s husband Albert wanted to make sure that their children made good political marriages in order to keep peace in Europe…….he couldn’t have anticipated the World Wars that were to tear peace in Europe apart not once, but twice.
Victoria and Albert’s children were –
Queen Victoria's Eldest Child
Princess Victoria, the Princess Royal was Victoria and Albert’s eldest child. She married the German Emperor Frederick III and had 8 children.
William who would become William II, German Emperor and marry Princess Augusta Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein to have a total of 7 children.
Charlotte who married Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and had one child.
Henry who married Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine and had 3 children.
Sigismund who left no issue.
Viktoria who despite marrying twice, first to Prince Adolf of Schaumberg-Lippe and then to Alexander Zoubkoff, had no children
Waldemar who died aged only 11.
Sophie who married Constantine I of Greece and had 6 children.
Margaret who married Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse-Kassel and had six children.
Queen Victoria's Eldest Son
The eldest son of Victoria and Albert was Prince of Wales and would become King after the death of his mother. Edward was married to Alexandra of Denmark this was seen as a risky political move at the time as Denmark and Germany were at loggerheads over some territories. (Victoria’s family being of German descent). Together Edward and Alexandra had 6 children.
Albert – Edward’s eldest son Albert died in the influenza epidemic before marrying and having any children.
George was to become King after his father’s death and he married Mary of Teck (who had been engaged to his eldest brother Albert when he died), together they had 6 children.
Louise was the eldest daughter and married Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife, together they had 3 children.
Victoria – Princess Victoria never married.
Maud married Prince Carl of Denmark and when Norway broke away from Sweden the Norwegian crown was offered to Carl making Maud Queen of Norway. They had one child.
Alexander– Edward and Alexandra’s youngest son only lived for one day as a result of being born prematurely.
Alice married Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and had a total of 7 children.
Victoria married Prince Louis of Battenberg and had 4 children one of whom would become the mother of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and the current Queen Elizabeth II’s husband.
Elizabeth had a number of suitors, but refused all of them before falling in love and marrying the Grand Duke Sergei Alexanrovitch of Russia. They had no children and after his assassination Elizabeth became a nun.
Irene married Prince Heinrich of Prussia and had 3 children.
Ernest married twice, the first time to Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha with whom he had two children (one was stillborn). Ernest’s second marriage was to Princess Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich with whom he also had 2 children.
Friedrich died at age 2.
Alexandra married Nicholas II of Russia and is most famous for being the last Tsarina of Russia. She had 5 children.
Marie died at the age of 4.
Alfred married the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia and had five children. Upon the death of his Uncle Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha he took over the duchy.
Alfred died age 24 with no children.
Marie married Ferdinand of Romania and had a total of 6 children.
Victoria was married twice, first to Ernest, Duke of Hesse with whom she had one child and created a scandal by divorcing. Her second marriage was to Grand Duke Cyril of Russia with whom she had 3 children.
Alexandra married Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and had 5 children.
Beatrice married Infante Alfonso, Duke of Galliera and they had 3 children together.
Helena married Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein and despite opposition from her sister-in-law Alexandra Helena and Christian were reported to have had a very happy marriage. They had a total of 5 children.
Christian rumored to be Queen Victoria’s favorite grandson Christian died unmarried and with no children.
Albert despite never marrying Albert had a daughter who he recognized shortly before his death.
Helena never married and had no children instead devoting herself to charity work.
Marie married Prince Aribert of Anhalt in what was said to be an unhappy marriage – they had no children.
Harold died as a baby.
Louise married John Campbell who would become the 9th Duke of Argyll. The two were to remain childless however which resulted in them growing apart.
Arthur married Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia and together they had 3 children. Arthur would also serve as Governor-General of Canada.
Margaret married Gustaf, Crown Prince of Sweden and had 5 children. She died while pregnant with her 6th child.
Arthur married Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife and together they had 1 child.
Patricia married Sir Alexander Ramsay and had 1 child.
Leopold had problems finding a wife because he had been a sickly child suffering from haemophilia and (possibly) epilepsy. He finally married Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont and had a brief, but happy marriage which resulted in two children although he died before his son was born.
Alice married Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone and together they had 3 children.
Charles married Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein and had 5 children.
Victoria was opposed to many of Beatrice’s suitors, but she was finally persuaded to agree to a marriage between Beatrice and Prince Henry of Battenburg with the proviso that they make their home with her. Beatrice and Henry had 4 children.
Alexander married Lady Irene Denison and they had one child.
Victoria married Alfonso XIII of Spain and had 6 children.
Leopold was a haemophiliac and died following a knee operation never having married or had children.
Maurice died aged 23 with now wife or children.
More Reading on Queen Victoria's Children and Grandchildren
jeremytorres on October 15, 2011:
Great to know the Royal family in Europe.Thanks for sharing their information.
lou16 (author) on February 14, 2011:
Yes it's quite interesting how many inter-marriages occurred between her descendants.
Aphria on February 14, 2011:
i'm really intersted in how queen victorias granddoughter is prince philps mother
Gloria Siess from Wrightwood, California on July 02, 2010:
I am very interested in History, esp. royal history. This is a lovely Hub-Hope to read more of your work.
lou16 (author) on December 08, 2009:
I haven't read that book, I must check it out it sounds like my kind of book.
liminal on December 08, 2009:
Queen Victoria certainly had a great number of descendants, I'm not that familiar with Isabella. Perhaps Queen Victoria is seen the the "Grandmother of Europe" partly because of the number of her descendants, partly because her reign lasted so long and finally because the British Empire was the superpower of the day.
Have you read "Dreadnought" by Robert K. Massie? Massie draws a fascinating picture of Europe in the decades leading up to World War I, spending quite a bit of time on Victoria and her progeny.