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Alfred : Queen Victoria's Second Son
by John Van Der Kiste


Overview - Prince Alfred, who was created Duke of Edinburgh in 1866 and became Duke of Saxe-Coburg Gothain 1893, was the second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. A patron of the arts, pioneer philatelist and amateur violinist, he joined the Royal Navy as a boy and rose to become Admiral of the Fleet.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Prince Alfred, who was created Duke of Edinburgh in 1866 and became Duke of Saxe-Coburg Gothain 1893, was the second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. A patron of the arts, pioneer philatelist and amateur violinist, he joined the Royal Navy as a boy and rose to become Admiral of the Fleet. At the age of eighteen he was elected King of Greece by overwhelming popular vote in a plebiscite, although political agreements between the Great Powers of Europe prevented him from accepting the vacant crown. The most widely traveled member of his family, he had visited all five continents by the age of twenty-seven, and while on a tour of Australia in 1868 he narrowly escaped assassination at the hands of a Fenian sympathizer. Married to Grand Duchess Marie of Russia, the only surviving daughter of Tsar Alexander II, at one stage he had to face the possibility that he might be required to fight on behalf of the British Empire against that of his father-in-law. His last years were overshadowed by marital difficulties, alcoholism and ill health, and the suicide of his only son and heir.REVIEWS "A well-researched biography of a prince who seems to have been largely overlooked - and over-shadowed by his elder brother. Recommended."The Bookbag

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781781553190
  • ISBN-10: 178155319X
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media
  • Publish Date: April 2014
  • Page Count: 208
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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