Vic­tim or vil­lain?

Berkshire Life - - BERKSHIRE WITCHES - WORDS: Bernard Bale

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

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