Victim or villain?
Prince Albert Victor, one of the Royal Family’s most controversial figures, began his life in Windsor
It was a Leap Year, Friday 8 January 1864, when Prince Albert Victor was born at Frogmore House, Windsor. Born prematurely, he was the first child and son of the Prince and Princess of Wales, later to become King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, and they were both relieved and delighted.
It was another 17 months before his brother, Prince George, was born. Albert Victor was a little slow in developing and thus it soon became difficult to see which was actually the older of the two brothers. They were educated together and later became Naval Cadets together.
Neither were great academics but George seemed more suited to continue his career at sea while Albert Victor took a different path towards Trinity College, Cambridge. He could speak Danish, his mother’s native tongue, but his years of studying other languages, the arts and military strategy were fruitless. That became the pattern of his