Queen Victoria’s Wedding
The young queen married Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on 10 February 1840.
Victoria was 18 when she succeeded to the throne in 1837, amid mounting speculation about who she would marry. The key figure proved to be her German uncle, Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, her mother’s brother, who had been King of the Belgians since 1831. To further strengthen his family’s European influence, he hoped to secure Victoria for one of his nephews, Ernst or Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.