She would have preferred to named the baby Albert like her beloved husband, but as the boy would become King of England, he had to have a more British name, like Edward, so the little Prince of Wales was baptized on January 25, 1842 at St. George Chapel in Windsor, as Albert Edward; although he would be known simply as Bertie in the family.
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The Princes in the Tower is the name given to two Princes called Richard and Edward. The boys were nephews of the English King Richard III, who lived from 1452 to 1485.
King Richard was worried that one of the princes might one day try to become king himself so in 1483 he locked them up in the Tower of London. Prince Richard was only 10 years old at the time, his brother Edward 13... They were never seen again.
Bertie served a long apprenticeship as King in waiting to his long lived mother. His relationship with Queen Victoria grew increasingly more strained with the passing of the years. His passion for horse racing which the Queen did not approve of, was a consistent cause of friction between mother and son.
The young prince spent his childhood longing for love. When he was 13 years old, in 1855, his parents took him in an official visit to Paris and to the French Imperial family. Bertie fell in love with Paris, and his love for the city would last forever. His journey to Paris made him find the vast world that was waiting for him outside his immediate circle and he longed to discover it by himself.