Sunday, March 11, 2018
Royal Wedding of the Weekend
Today we'll take a look at the grandparents of last week's bride, Princess Mary, on their anniversary (March 10, 1863), Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.
Alexandra's early life sounds something like a Cinderella tale. Even though she was the daughter of the Danish king, and enjoyed a very close-knit family upbringing, the Danes were an obscure and not very wealthy royal family, especially compared with the might of the British Empire and Queen Victoria. But the queen and the late Prince Albert had always despaired of their eldest son, thinking him debauched and not serious, and they were sure marrying and settling down early would do him good. After Albert's death, Victoria turned to her eldest daughter Princess Vicky, now settled in Prussia, to find the right bride for Albert Edward (Bertie). The queen wanted a German bride, but none were deemed pretty enough. In fact, the only one who would do was the gorgeous Alexandra, then 16 years old. A meeting was arranged, and a betrothal swiftly followed.
Alexandra was Princess of Wales until 1901, the longest to ever hold that title, and proved to be a very popular and stylish royal. Despite Bertie's constant infidelities and her own health troubles (including growing deafness), they had 6 children and a relatively harmonious life together. Bertie died in 1910, after a mere few years as queen, and Alexandra in 1925.