In mid-February, when the birth was imminent, Leopold, Helen and the Princess of Waldeck, settled into Windsor Castle. At half-past six, on the evening of 25 February 1883, Helen gave birth to a healthy baby girl, with tick, dark air. Leopold had always loved children, and was the kindest uncle and godafther. Now he was a father himself and his pleasure was boundless, even though he had hoped for a boy; he wrote to everyone, describing “the young Stranger…. a very large child, & said to resemble very much the old Royal Family, though it has the dark brown hair, & a great deal of its Mother.” The christening did take place as planned, in the private chapel at Windsor, though the Queen was in a wheelchair having hurt her leg, and Leopold was on crutches, but Louisa Knightley noticed how happy he looked. It would be the last happy moment at Windsor for some time. 

Queen Victoria’s youngest son : the untold story of Prince Leopold by Charlotte Zeepvat. 


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

The meeting of Princess Charlotte Augustus, daughter of George IV and Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, later King of the Belgians. Granted the style His Royal Highness in the United Kingdom by the Prince Regent. Princess Charlotte died after delivering a stillborn son. With the death of George’s only heir, the throne would pass to his niece, Victoria and allow Prince Leopold’s nephew, Prince Albert, to become Prince Consort.

First Impressions Of Albert - 7th June 1836 - Victoria’s Letters - Victoria to Uncle Leopold

The transcription of Victoria’s letter to her uncle Leopold, reporting her first impressions of Prince Albert (who Leopold had sent in the intention of matchmaking with Victoria) -

My dearest Uncle,
These few lines will be given to you by my dear Uncle Ernest, when he sees you.
I must thank you, my beloved Uncle, for the prospect of great happiness, you have contributed to give me, in the person of dear Albert. Allow me, then, my dearest Uncle, to tell you how delighted I am with him, and how much I like him in every way. He possesses every quality, that could be desired to render me perfectly happy. He is so sensible, so kind , and so good, and so amiable too. He has besides, the most pleasing and delightful exterior and appearance, yo
u can possibly see.

I have only now to beg you, my dearest Uncle, to take care of the health of one, now so dear to me, and to take him under your special protection. I hope and trust, that all will go on prosperously and well, on this subject of so much importance to me.
Believe me always, my dearest Uncle, your most affectionate devoted & grateful niece


Leopold told Queen Emma that the baby reminded him of Princess Alice [his late sister], and there was no doubt of what her name would be: “it is so pleasant to think that now there will be an Alice once more in our family, he wrote to his brother-in-law from Windsor, … and, dear Louis, will you associate our child still more with Her dear memory by standing Godfather? It would give us so much pleasure.”

Queen Victoria’s youngest son : the untold story of Prince Leopold by Charlotte Zeepvat.


Queen Victoria’s main family and favorite PM as portrayed in season one of ITV’s ”Victoria,” with their actual signatures.

Top to Bottom: Victoria I, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Lord Melbourne, Leopold I, Ernest Augustus, and Victoria, Duchess of Kent.


Fiend Alice

English girl who would go on to inspire the classic children’s novel ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and its sequel ‘Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There’. Alice Pleasance Liddell was born in 1852, to a high class family in Oxford along with her nine siblings. She would later inspire Charles Lutwidge Dodgson to write his novel under the pseudonym ‘Lewis Carroll’ during a boat ride, when she asked for a story.

In later life, her family suffered a sudden break in contact with Dodgson but the reason for this is still speculated and remains a mystery to this day, with many claiming it was a rift in political opinion between himself and Alice’s father or the controversial theory that Dodgson was sexually attracted to the young girl.

Alice would go on to marry Richard Hargreaves, a cricketeer, and had two children of her own, whom she named Leopold, after her friend and Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Leopold, and Caryl. She died at the age of eighty-two in the year 1934.

Her literary counterpart led a much more exciting life however. Like her real-life counterpart, Alice was said to live in Oxford alongside her unnamed older sister and her pet cat Dinah.

One day, while relaxing alongside a river, she spotted a white rabbit in a waistcoat running into a rabbit hole. Curious, Alice followed the rabbit and fell into the strange underground world of Wonderland, where she met its strange inhabitants, The Duchess,The Caterpillar, The Cheshire Cat, The Hatter and The March Hare, The Dodo, The Mock Turtle and The Griffon as well as the tyrannical Queen of Hearts and many more. During an unfair trial, the Queen attempted to attack Alice who luckily woke up just in time.

She would also end up travelling through a mirror to another world, Looking Glass Land, where she met both the White and Red Queens, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and heard the story of the terrible Jabberwocky and the hero who defeated it with the Vorpal Sword. Eventually, she would be crowned a queen in her own right and returned back home for good.

Despite the fact that Carroll hardly described her appearance, she is often depicted with blonde hair, a headband, a blue dress and white pinafore and a pair of white stockings and black Mary Jane shoes after the famous drawings by John Tenniel who actually depicted her dress as yellow, and Disney’s famous 1951 film ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

She has appeared in countless pieces of media, including anime, manga, films, television and video-games. Her most accurate ‘Alice Liddell’ like appearance was in the cult classic game ‘ American McGee’s Alice’ and the sequels ‘Alice: Madness Returns’ and ‘Alice:Otherlands’. Here she is shown to look almost exactly like her real-life counterpart, with brown hair.