Now Victoria’s prospective marriage is brought to light.
Her uncle Leopold comes to England to persuade her to marry her cousin Albert. At the same time Cumberland has his own candidate, George of Cambridge. Victoria seems to like the Grand Duke Alexander of Russia, but a union between the two of them is not expected or advisable. Kind Leopold fears that Victoria is too fond of Lord Melbourne, and he even talks to the man himself.
Apart from this, the queen suffers an attack when she goes to open an almshouse that she has named after her father. It is the Chartists that throw a stone and starts an attack. Thankfully, Victoria is saved and removed from the scene in time.
One of the important characters is Kind Leopold of Belgium. Leopold I ( 16 December 1790 in Coburg – 10 December 1865 in Laeken) was a German prince who became the first King of the Belgians following Belgian independence in 1830. He reigned between July 1831 and December 1865. After Napoleon’s defeat, Leopold moved to the United Kingdom where he married Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only child of the Prince Regent (the future King George IV), thus situating himself as a possible future prince consort of the United Kingdom. Charlotte died in 1817, although Leopold continued to enjoy considerable status in Britain. Leopold was particularly known as a political marriage broker. In 1840, Leopold arranged the marriage of his niece, Queen Victoria, to his nephew, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Even before she succeeded to the throne, Leopold had been advising Victoria by letter, and continued to influence her after her accession.
We have not seen Albert directly yet. He is Leopold’s nephew and Victoria’s cousin. We know that Albert will be Victoria’s husband. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha ( 26 August 1819 – 14 December 1861) was the husband of Queen Victoria.
The candidate for Victoria’s affections from the part of Cumberland was George of Cambridge. Prince George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge (; 26 March 1819 – 17 March 1904) was a member of the British Royal Family, a male-line grandson of King George III, cousin of Queen Victoria, and maternal uncle of Queen Mary, consort of King George V.
Around this time there was trouble in England because of a movement called Chartism. Chartism was a working-class movement for political reform in Britain which existed from 1838 to 1858. The People’s Charter called for several reforms to make the political system more democratic: universal suffrage, secret ballot, even payment for MPs, annual elections…