Queen Victoria's Daughters

Queen Victoria's Daughters

Queen Victoria's Daughters

Queen Victoria's Daughters

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When the young husband and wife, Prince Albert and Queen Victoria began to consider the education and upbringing of their family, the memories of their own early years were much in their minds. These experiences were remarkably dissimilar: indeed the only point in common between them was they both had known the care of one parent only. When Albert was only four years old his father, Duke Ernest of Coburg was separated from his wife, and two years later he divorced her for reasons approved by the Mosaic law. Albert therefore and his elder brother Ernest were brought up as motherless children by their father and grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Coburg, and Albert had only the dimmest recollection of his mother whom he never saw again. He was an extremely conscientious little boy, and recorded in his infant diary his various small naughtinesses and his tearful remorse for them. He was as studious as he was conscientious, and before he entered his teens he drew up for himself so strenuous a time-table of his lessons that no Board of Education of today would have permitted it to be used in schools. He was devoted to his relations, especially to . . .

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