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By Helen Rappaport

As she did in her seriously acclaimed The final Days of the Romanovs, Helen Rappaport brings a compelling documentary consider to the tale of this royal marriage and of the queen's obsessive love for her husband – a narrative that all started as fairy story and resulted in tragedy.

After the premature loss of life of Prince Albert, the queen and her kingdom have been plunged right into a kingdom of grief so profound that this one occasion could dramatically modify the form of the British monarchy. For Britain had not only misplaced a prince: in the course of his twenty yr marriage to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert had more and more played the functionality of King in all yet identify. The outpouring of grief after Albert's loss of life used to be so severe, that its like wouldn't be noticeable back till the demise of Princess Diana 136 years later.

Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal documents and different missed resources, in addition to the newspapers of the day, Rappaport bargains a brand new standpoint in this compelling historic psychodrama--the the most important ultimate months of the prince's lifestyles and the 1st lengthy, darkish ten years of the Queen's retreat from public view. She attracts a portrait of a queen captivated with her residing husband and – after his loss of life – together with his enduring position in background. Magnificent Obsession also will throw new mild at the actual nature of the prince's persistent actual situation, overturning for stable the 150-year previous delusion that he died of typhoid fever.

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26 ‘The unhappy calamity in Portugal’ haunted his already-restless nights. He appeared more and more silent and listless; in later years Princess Beatrice remarked that once the demise of King Pedro she didn't see her father smile back. ‘It used to be nearly as though he had had a stroke,’ saw others. Prince Albert ‘half in one other world’. 27 not anything may perhaps cheer the ill Prince Consort – now not even the hopes of a wedding quickly for Bertie. For the Prince of Wales had now been dispatched in compulsory pursuit of the main eligible bride that his full of life sister Vicky, enlisted via her mom and dad, were capable of finding for him: Princess Alexandra of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, the sixteen-year-old daughter of Prince Christian, inheritor to the King of Denmark. Alexandra was once lovely yet negative, her father being descended from a marginal department of the Danish royal kinfolk, and she or he got here on the backside of a listing of different, extra strategically fascinating applicants who have been rejected for varied purposes. Bertie travelled to Europe for a mystery assembly with Alexandra within the Chapel of St Bernard at Speyer Cathedral close to Baden-Baden, orchestrated by way of his sister. It introduced no coup de foudre, notwithstanding Bertie at the very least got here away proud of Alexandra’s sweetness, her grace and grace. She might do good sufficient. Vicky used to be dismayed at her brother’s indifference to an desirable younger lady who, in her estimation, ‘would make so much males fireplace and flames’. The Princess’s charms had, unfortunately, now not produced adequate of an influence on him even ‘to final from Baden to England’ and he remained hesitant. 28 Love was once out of the query, agreed Victoria, for in her estimation Bertie was once incapable of enthusiasm ‘about whatever within the world’. 29 She didn't but are aware of it, yet in reality his initiation into the pleasures of the flesh used to be good less than method – and he used to be loath to solid them apart so quickly for monogamy. * * * previous to he had left his education camp on the Curragh, after a lacklustre functionality, Bertie had attended a rowdy celebration on the Mansion condo in Dublin. After it was once over a bunch of his fellow officials prepared a farewell current for Bertie, smuggling a tender ‘woman of the town’, Nellie Clifden, into his quarters. She was once a typical favorite one of the Guards and knew her approach round camp at midnight, so good certainly that after Bertie staggered again to his mattress that evening, he discovered the vivacious and prepared younger Nellie expecting him. Having loved Nellie’s welcome, he ensured her surreptitious go out through the window of his hut and organized additional assignations along with her again in England – correct less than his mom and dad’ noses at Windsor. The gossips have been speedy to dub Nellie ‘The Princess of Wales’, for she used to be not able to withstand the temptation to gloat approximately her conquest round the dives and casinos of London. 30 The scandal quickly hit the London golf equipment and seemed within the papers at the Continent. Bertie’s mom and dad remained blissfully unaware of the actual fact until eventually a letter arrived in early November from Baron Stockmar in Germany informing them of the rumours.

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