Today in History - August 17th. 1786 - Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (mother of Queen Victoria)

On my blog I have a lot of pages about Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom 
and her descendants. It interests me very much how her children and grandchildren
and their descendants are spread through Europe.

My Today in History is traveling back in time because on August 17th. 1786
a little girl was born in Coburg (Germany). 
She received the name: Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.



Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Saalfeld - Source picture: Wikipedia

Her brothers were inter alia Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Leopold, who
married in 1816 Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only legitimate daughter of 
King George IV and heiress to the British throne.

In 1803, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Saalfeld married Charles, Prince of
Leinigen. They had 2 children: a girl and a boy. Her husband died in 1814.

When Princess Charlotte of Wales died in 1817, a succession crisis for the 
British throne became an important issue. Three of Charlotte's uncles (sons of
King George III) had to marry.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn 'proposed' Princess Victoria
and she accepted. In 1819 the couple moved to Kensington Palace where soon a 
daughter was born. 

The girl became later the very famous Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

One of the people who had a lot of influence on Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent
and her daughter was Leopold, who became in 1831 the first King of the Belgians.

Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld was very musical, she even composed
marches - in 1836: the Artillery slow march also known as the Duchess of Kent march
and she would also be the author of the  Grand March for the 1st.Life Guards Regiment.
On next link you can listen to the Artillery slow march.

The Duchess of Kent leaned heavily on her personal secretary John Conroy, 
there even were rumors of a love affair ...

Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Duchess of Kent died on 
March 16th. 1861. She was buried at the mausoleum of Frogmore.


Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Duchess of Kent - Source picture: Wikipedia