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Queen Victoria's Last Three Kids

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Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert was born on May 1, 1850, the seventh of Victoria and Albert's large family. He was named after the Duke of Wellington. At age sixteen, Arthur entered the Royal Military College at Woolwich, graduating two years later, and becoming a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers Corps. From there, he moved around in the army a bit and served in places like Canada, India, Ireland, Egypt, and South Africa.

During service in Canada, Prince Arthur became very popular there. The Iroquois even gave him the title Chief of the Six Nations.

In 1874, his mother gave him the title Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. In 1879, Arthur married Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia. They had three children.

In 1911, Arthur became the Governor General of Canada. He stayed in Canada during the beginning of World War One, his time as Governor General ending in 1916. The Duke of Connaught died on January 19, 1942, aged 91. Arthur's descendants include members of the current Sw…

Queen Victoria's Middle Three Kids

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's fourth child was born on August 6, 1844. He was their second son and so, second in line to the throne after his older brother. His parents named him Prince Alfred Ernest Albert. Alfred was known as "Affie" in the family. He wanted to enter the Navy and was allowed to at a young age. Victoria granted him the title Duke of Edinburgh in 1866 and in 1867, Alfred took a journey around the world. He was the first royal to visit Australia, where he was shot (but recovered). He also became the first royal to visit New Zealand, went to Hawaii and met their royals, and was the first European prince to visit Japan in 1869. He also traveled to India, Sri Lanka, and Hong Kong.

Alfred married Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, the only daughter of the Russian tsar Alexander II, in St. Petersburg. They had five surviving children together.

Alfred was stationed on Malta for a few years--their third child, Victoria Melita, was born there. He rose to be …

Queen Victoria's First Three Kids

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In this week's seemingly random blog post (and when is this blog not random, I ask you), I'm going to start a brief rundown of each of Queen Victoria's nine children. Having nine children, Victoria and Albert were able to marry their kids to various royals across Europe. And while 2019 is the bicentenary of Victoria's birth (and Albert's birth too, three months after his wife's birthday), their children, grandchildren, and so on continue to influence European royaldom today!

This post covers the first three.

Victoria became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on June 20, 1837, the day her uncle King William IV died. She married her first cousin (on her German mother's side; in essence, Victoria was German on both sides of her family) Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha on February 10, 1840, at St. James's Palace, London.


Their first child was born on November 21, 1840: Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, Princess Royal. Vicky, as she was …

The Tortured Artist is a Myth

Writers are creatives. Creatives are constantly in turmoil. They put themselves in uncomfortable, contortionist emotional and mental pretzels as they piece together ideas to write a fully-fleshed Good Thing. We think a lot. We dredge up bad joo-joo in order to be creative. We're weird. We isolate ourselves in order to observe. We drink. We're depressed. We're dead inside and simultaneously too emotional, too raw.

This is a post about the tortured artist.

Fuck. That. Shit.