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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. 

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Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany

Leopold George Duncan Albert was born 7 April 1853.

He was the eighth child and youngest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Leopold was later created Duke of Albany, Earl of Clarence, and Baron Arklow.

He had haemophilia, which led to his death at the age of just 30 on the 28 March 1884

Dearest Mamma,

I have long wanted to speak to you about a subject, which I have very much at heart, & which I have thought much about for some time past. I have always expected & for years cherished the hope of being of use to you as far as would possibly in my power, - and for the affectionate care bestowed on my education up to this time to more or less fit me for such a position I must ever feel most grateful. But beyond a certain point it is impossible that one’s intellectual, moral, or social powers should be properly developed by a continual residence at home… I would most earnestly & with all the emphasis in my power strongly urge, that the time has arrived when (both for you own sake & for mine) residence for a period at a University would be an inestimable benefit & boon. Oxford is close to Windsor, so that I should never be removed in reality more than a short distance from you; the terms too are short… To Modern Literature & to History, to German, French & Italian, to art & to science I would chiefly desire (following dear Papa’s footsteps as much as possible) to direct my attention. Socially besides it cannot but be evident to you, dearest Mamma, what an advantage such a life would be to me. To meet with such companions of my own age as would be carefully selected would tend to take away shyness of manner & general dullness of spirit in conversation & at all times indeed, of which you now so naturally & so much complain, & which must of necessity belong to one who has for so long led such a comparatively solitary life… With all a child’s duty and respect I put these, my very dearest wishes, before you & entreat you, dearest Mamma, to consider them as such…”

Prince Leopold’s letter to his mother Queen Victoria. She was strongly against Leopold attending University, because of his hemophilia she thought her youngest son was happy alone with her and Beatrice, after months of struggle she eventually agreed. Leopold loved Oxford it was one of the happiest time of his short life. 

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REIGNING DESCENDANTS OF QUEEN VICTORIA AND PRINCE ALBERT

MARGRETHE II OF DENMARK

On Maternal side: 

Queen Victoria -> Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught -> Princess Margaret of Connaught, Crown Princess of Sweden -> Princess Ingrid Of Sweden, Queen Consort of Denmark -> Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

ELIZABETH II OF THE UNITED KINGDOM 

On Paternal side:

Queen Victoria -> King Edward VII -> King George V -> King George VI -> Elizabeth II

HARALD V OF NORWAY

On Paternal side:

Queen Victoria -> Edward VII -> Princess Maude of The United Kingdom, Princess Karl of Denmark, Queen Consort of Norway -> King Olav V -> Harald V

FELIPE VI OF SPAIN

On Paternal side: 

Queen Victoria -> Princess Beatrice of The United Kingdom, Princess Henry of Battenberg -> Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Queen Consort Of Spain -> Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona -> Juan Carlos I -> Felipe VI

On Maternal Side:

Queen Victoria -> Princess Victoria of The United Kingdom, Princess Royal, Empress of Germany and Queen Consort of Prussia -> Princess Sophie of Prussia, Queen Consort of The Hellenes -> Paul I of Greece -> Princess Sophia of Greece, Queen Consort of Spain - Felipe VI

Queen Victoria -> Princess Victoria of The United Kingdom, Princess Royal, Empress of Germany and Queen Consort of Prussia -> Wilhelm II -> Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia, Duchess of Brunswick and Princess of Hanover -> Princess Frederika of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece -> Princess Sophia of Greece, Queen Consort of Spain -> Felipe VI

CARL XVI GUSTAF OF SWEDEN

On Paternal side:

Queen Victoria -> Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught -> Princess Margaret of Connaught, Crown Princess of Sweden -> Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Vasterbotten -> Carl XVI Gustaf

On Maternal side:

Queen Victoria -> Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany -> Prince Charles Edward of Albany, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha -> Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess of Vasterbotten -> Carl XVI Gustaf

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Prince Leopold and Alice Liddell

What follows is one of my favourite titbits of history. Prince Leopold is my second favourite prince and I am very fond of Alice in Wonderland

Prince Leopold was the sickly youngest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He positively repulsed his mother but she was overbearing and possessive of him. Alice Liddell was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. What’s marvellous is, the two were good friends!

Leopold, eventually managing to escape the clutches of his mother, and Alice, her father the Dean of Christ Church College, met at Oxford in 1872. Like princes before and after him, Leopold was drawn to the warm family life the Liddell’s shared and they quickly became a part of his inner circle.

Some have speculated that there was some level of romantic involvement between the pair; whilst others insist Leopold’s interests actually lay with Alice’s younger sister Edith. When Edith died in 1876, Leopold was a pallbearer at her funeral. Documents in the Royal Archives, such as the Queen’s correspondence regarding Leopold, mention no names, but there seems to be no doubt that Leopold was in love with someone, and a number of the pair’s Oxford acquaintances alluded to a link between the prince and one of the Liddell girls.

Some accused Alice’s ambitious mother of orchestrating the relationship. Lewis Carroll himself, whose own relationship with the Liddell’s had long since deteriorated, wrote a satirical piece called The Vision of Three T’s in which he characterised Mrs. Liddell as a ‘King-fisher’, suggesting that she was ‘angling for a royal son-in-law’. Whatever the truth, it is highly unlikely that Queen Victoria would have ever consented to her son marrying a commoner anyway. As Charlotte Zeepvat, Leopold’s biographer suggests, the ‘disappointed romance between Alice Liddell and Leopold has become a part of Alice [in Wonderland] mythology’, and indeed Leopold is often mentioned in Alice reboots, such as The Looking Glass Wars trilogy.

In the spring of 1873, any notions of marriage quashed, Leopold went to Balmoral with his mother and from then on saw the Liddells with increasing infrequency. Later Leopold married Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont and they named their daughter Alice, whilst Liddell, having married cricketer Reginald Hargreaves, called her second son Leopold. Leopold the prince was his godfather.

[Sources: Prince Leopold: Queen Victoria’s Youngest Son by Charlotte Zeepvat | Prince Leopold | Alice Liddell]

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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.

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Queen Victoria on the occasion of the wedding of her youngest son, Prince Leopold, on April 27, 1882. She wrote in her journal that she wore for the first time ‘my own wedding lace over black satin, & my own wedding veil, which I had not worn since my wedding day in 1840, surmounted by my small diamond crown’.