John Van der Kiste's Alfred: Queen Victoria's Second Son PDF

By John Van der Kiste

Prince Alfred, who used to be created Duke of Edinburgh in 1866 and have become Duke of Saxe-Coburg Gotha in 1893, used to be the second one son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. A purchaser of the humanities, pioneer philatelist and novice violinist, he joined the Royal military as a boy and rose to develop into Admiral of the Fleet. on the age of 18 he was once elected King of Greece via overwhelming renowned vote in a plebiscite, even though political agreements among the good Powers of Europe avoided him from accepting the vacant crown. the main extensively travelled member of his relations, he had visited all 5 continents by way of the age of 27, and whereas on a journey of Australia in 1868 he narrowly escaped assassination by the hands of a Fenian sympathiser. Married to Grand Duchess Marie of Russia, the one surviving daughter of Tsar Alexander II, at one degree he needed to face the prospect that he will be required to struggle on behalf of the British empire opposed to that of his better half's father. His final years have been overshadowed via marital problems, alcoholism and ill-health, and the suicide of his merely son and heir.

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By John Van der Kiste

Prince Alfred, who used to be created Duke of Edinburgh in 1866 and have become Duke of Saxe-Coburg Gotha in 1893, used to be the second one son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. A purchaser of the humanities, pioneer philatelist and novice violinist, he joined the Royal military as a boy and rose to develop into Admiral of the Fleet. on the age of 18 he was once elected King of Greece via overwhelming renowned vote in a plebiscite, even though political agreements among the good Powers of Europe avoided him from accepting the vacant crown. the main extensively travelled member of his relations, he had visited all 5 continents by way of the age of 27, and whereas on a journey of Australia in 1868 he narrowly escaped assassination by the hands of a Fenian sympathiser. Married to Grand Duchess Marie of Russia, the one surviving daughter of Tsar Alexander II, at one degree he needed to face the prospect that he will be required to struggle on behalf of the British empire opposed to that of his better half's father. His final years have been overshadowed via marital problems, alcoholism and ill-health, and the suicide of his merely son and heir.

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