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King George V and Queen Mary
In December 1891, Mary became engaged to her second cousin once removed, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, the eldest son of King Edward VIII then Prince of Wales.
The choice of Mary as bride for the Albert Victor owed much to Queen Victoria’s fondness for her, as well as to her strong character and sense of duty. However, Albert Victor died six weeks later, in a recurrence of the worldwide 1889–90 influenza pandemic.
Albert Victor’s brother, Prince George, Duke of York, now second in line to the throne, evidently became close to May during their shared period of mourning, in letters declaring their love for one another. In May 1893, George proposed, and May accepted. They were soon deeply in love, and their marriage was a success. George wrote to Mary every day they were apart and, unlike his father, never took a mistress