Reprint of an original photograph of Tsesarevich Alexei on the deck of HMY Alexandra. He is wearing a sailor suit and standing at the top of a staircase.

In August 1909 Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia and his family attended the annual Cowes Regatta. This photograph of the Tsesarevich was taken by a footman of the Duke of Connaught.
From the Royal Collection Trust of HM Queen Elizabeth II


Prince Leopold’s sixth birthday, April 1859.

Leopold was six in April 1859, and his birthday was celebrated with a children’s costume ball at Buckingham Palace. The Queen and Prince Albert collected him from the schoolroom in the morning and took him to see his presents. The excitement rose in the evening as the children put on their costume. Leopold and Arthur appeared as the sons of Henry IV, in tights and short doublets, while their sisters Helena and Louise became Swiss peasants for the night. Writing to her daughter, the Queen remarked ‘ Your sisters and little brothers looked very pretty, particularly Arthur and Louise. 

The evening was a triumph, described in the pages of the Illustrated London News and other society journals. The Queen and Prince ALbert, the Duchess of Kent, and a select gathering of royal parents, stood on a dais to watch just over two hundred guests, all between the ages of six and fourteen, dance a polonaise, a quadrille, waltzes and galops, until supper was served at midnight. ’ The Children all enjoyed it so much,’ said the Queen, 'no one more than little Leopold.’ 

Queen Victoria’s youngest son : The untold story of Prince Leopold

Queen Victoria with a large group of her children and grandchildren on the occasion of her granddaughter Alix’s engagement to the future Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. 

Squad goals 

The Duke and Duchess of Connaught with their children, Prince Arthur (the future Duke of Connaught and Strathearn), Princess Margaret (future Crown Princess of Sweden) and Princess Patricia (future Lady Ramsay). 1893.


T is for Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

  • Connection to Queen Victoria: her son
  • Born: May 1st, 1850
  • Died: January 16th, 1942
  • Married: Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia
  • Children: Margaret (later Crown Princess of Sweden), Arthur, Patricia
Fun Facts:
  1. He enjoyed his military career, which he started young and continued into his old age.
  2. He was appointed Governor General of Canada in 1911, and was the military representative of Canada during WWI.
  3. He was Victoria’s last surviving son.
  4. He and his sister Louise lived to be the EXACT same age: 91 years, 8 months, and 15 days.