Dearest Vicky, Darling Fritz: The Tragic Love Story of Queen by John Van der Kiste

By John Van der Kiste

This paintings tells the affection tale of the royal couple opposed to the altering history of 19th-century Germany. It appears to be like on the differing political sympathies of the couple, printed via letters, and re-examines the existing view that the domineering Vicky by no means afflicted to hide her distaste for every little thing Prussian and flaunting her feel of British superiority. in lots of methods prior to her time, she used to be anything of a pioneer feminist, refusing to simply accept the oft-accepted maxim that ladies have been second-class voters. inadequate attention has been given to her future health and the chance that her judgement and cause might occasionally were affected, albeit mildly, by means of the family's inheritance of porphyria that resulted in the 'madness' of her great-grandfather George III.

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The idea may have originally been proposed by King Leopold, who had been instrumental in encouraging the marriage of Victoria and Albert themselves and was always keen to extend Coburg influence, partly for reasons of family ambition and partly as a means of safeguarding and strengthening the guarantee of Belgian independence. 23 Alternatively the eminence grise might have been Baron Stockmar, King Leopold’s physician and unofficial family counsellor who supported anything that would bring together ‘the two great Protestant dynasties in Europe’24 and who had first spoken of the issue when Vicky was only six.

31 For a while his university studies were interrupted by further military activities. He was commissioned to take command of the castle guard at the public unveiling of a statue to Friedrich the Great in Berlin, and then accompanied his father to observe Russian manoeuvres at Warsaw, where he was appointed Commander of a Russian regiment. After spending the autumn on duty with the First Regiment of Infantry Guards, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. In October he went back to Bonn for the final session of his studies, which came to an end in March 1852.

If such a marriage turned out to be a personal success, as it did in the case of King William IV and the much younger Queen Adelaide of England, all well and good. In many cases, for example that of Fritz’s ill-matched parents, Wilhelm and Augusta, husband and wife were totally incompatible and remained thus for almost sixty years during which they lived more happily apart. Sadly, Vicky and Fritz’s eldest son and heir Willy, later Kaiser Wilhelm II, did not personify the peaceful or liberal instincts of his parents, but came under the darker influence of his own ‘mentor’, the nationalist hard-liner, Bismarck.

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