The many suitors of Queen Victoria before Prince Albert
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert appeared to be one of the most endearing couples in history but their journey to falling in love and having nine children was not a romantic fairy tale.
Do you know that Queen Victoria initially rejected Prince Albert and that it took years before the feisty queen took interest of Albert? Moreover, before their love story even began, many ardent suitors also tried to win the heart of Britain’s longest-ruling monarch.
Queen Victoria ascended the throne when she was only 18 years old. She was known for her beauty, intelligence, and personal morality which is why it was not surprising that the palace was flooded with stalkers and admirers, all wanting to marry her.
First in the line of Queen Victoria’s suitors was Captain John Good who had been stalking her since she was living in Kensington Palace. Good firmly believed that he will one day possess her majesty. He tailed Victoria even when she was on holiday and consistently tried to enter the palace to catch a glimpse of her. Good had been arrested multiple times for harassment and was later on admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Bethlem.
Another admirer who pulled off crazy stunts to get the attention of Queen Victoria was Captain Tom Flower of 15th Light Dragoons. Flower wanted to make his declaration of love during the coronation ceremony, so he was sent to Tothill Fields House of Correction.
Ned Hayward, on the other hand, was one of the men who tried to stop the carriage of the queen to profess their love. John Stockledge was another one of Queen Victoria’s crazy lovers who tried to break into Windsor Castle. Stockledge was also arrested.
Queen Victoria was also paired with Prince George, the son of Duke of Cumberland and the Duke of Orleans but both did not prosper.
Victoria got attracted to the heir of the Russian throne, Grand Duke Alexander Nikolaevich, but both of them knew it was impossible considering their situation.
Fortunately, Victoria found her true love after laying eyes on a much older and more handsome Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg who visited her again after three-and-a-half years. Together, they had nine children