"I think you must be aware why I asked you to come. Could you forsake your country for me?
She married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha on 10 February 1840, he was husband and consort, and a significant influence on her life. Queen Victoria never recovered from his premature death in 1861 at the age of 42.
Portrait Wax Doll of Queen Victoria, made in England by the Pierotti family ca. 1840
The royal couple went on to have nine children: Victoria, Albert Edward (who became Edward VII), Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold and Beatrice. The fact that the 5-feet-tall Queen was able to deliver nine healthy babies is testament to her strength and tenacity. In those days - even with the best medical attention - women were lucky to survive childbirth and the child mortality rate was high.