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  1. In 1903 she married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and from then on her life was overshadowed by wars, revolutions, and enforced periods of exile. By the time she was thirty-five, virtually every point of stability was overthrown.

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  2. In 1903 she married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and from then on her life was overshadowed by wars, revolutions, and enforced periods of exile. By the time she was thirty-five, virtually every point of stability was overthrown.

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  4. Prince Andrew, Duke of York, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC (Andrew Albert Christian Edward; born 19 February 1960) is a member of the British royal family. He is the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is ninth in the line of succession to the British throne.

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    With nine children of her own, who in turn gave her 42 grandchildren, it's hardly a stretch to understand why the iconic Queen was nicknamed \\"the grandmother of Europe.\\" But while Victoria herself died in 1901, leaving the throne to her eldest son, King Edward VII, the queen's legacy on the monarchies of Europe lives on even in modern times. Indeed, of the approximately 28 surviving monarchies around the world, five of them are held by descendants of Victoria.

    The most obvious of Queen Victoria's descendants is, naturally, the current queen of England. Directly descended from Edward VII, Queen Elizabeth is Victoria's great-great granddaughter. In 2015, she surpassed Victoria as the longest reigning British monarch in history. As dedicated fans of the British royals may know, Her Majesty isn't the only one who can trace her lineage back to Queen Victoria. While Elizabeth is descended from Victoria's second child, Philip's ancestry extends to her thirdPrincess Alice. The non-British royal most closely related to Queen Elizabeth, Harald V is also a great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria and is actually descended from the same branch of the family as Elizabeth II. Like the queen, his great-grandfather was England's King Edward VII, making the monarchs second cousins. Harald V's grandmother, Maud, was the youngest daughter of Edward VII and became Queen of Norway when she married Haakon VII in 1896. The couple had only one child, Olav V, Harald's father. On one side, Felipe VI can trace his lineage to Victoria back through his father. His paternal grandfather, Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona was the son of Princess Victoria Eugenie, herself the daughter of Queen Victoria's youngest child, Princess Beatrice. But that's not his only familial link to the iconic queen. In fact, Felipe is also related to Queen Victoria through his mother, Queen Sofia of Spain, via Queen Victorias eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, two times over. On her mothers side, Sofia is the great-granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, while on her fathers side, she's the granddaughter of Sophia of Prussia. Both Wilhelm II and Sophia of Prussia were children of Victoria, Princess Royal, meaning that Sofia is both the great-great-great-granddaughter and the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Like Felipe VI, the Swedish king also carries the distinction of being descended from Queen Victoria in multiple ways. Though he never got to know his father, Prince Gustaf Adolf (he died in a plane accident when Carl was only a baby), it is through him that Carl XVI Gustaf claims a connection to Victoria's seventh child, Prince Arthur. Arthur's daughter, Princess Margaret, married the then-prince of Sweden, Gustaf VI Adolf, and with him had five children, including Prince Gustaf Adolf and Queen Ingrid of Denmark. Though Phillippe is not a descendant of Queen Victoria, the two do still share a family tree. In fact, the current king of Belgium has genetic ties to both Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, as he is the direct descendant of their mutual uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium. Like some of his relatives, the last king of Romania, Michael I, claimed relation to Queen Victoria on both sides of his family tree. On his father's side, he was descended from Victoria's son Prince Alfred via his daughter, Marie. Marie married Ferdinand I in 1893 and they had six children, the oldest of whom was Carol II, Michael's father. On his mother's side, he owes his Victorian lineage to Victoria, Princess Royal, whose daughter, Sophia of Prussia, had six children, including Michael's mother, Helen of Greece and Denmark.

    Interestingly, both Elizabeth's father, George VI, and grandfather, George V, came to the throne unexpectedly, being the second of their father's sons. In George V's case, he became heir after his elder brother, Prince Albert Victor, died of pneumonia before his father became king. George VI, in turn, inherited the title after his own older brother, Edward VIII abdicated to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

    Princess Alice married into German nobility, and she and her husband Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse would go on to have seven children, including their first, named Victoria in honor of the queen. That Victoria then married into the Mountbatten family (at the time, they were the Battenbergs, but they chose to alter the name to a more Anglicized translation during WWI) and had a daughter, Alice, along with three other children. Alice, in turn, wed Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark in 1903. They had five children, but just one son: Philip, the future Duke of Edinburgh. While Princess Margarets oldest son, Prince Gustaf Adolf, was part of the line to the Swedish throne before his untimely death, it was her only daughter, Ingrid, who would become a queen, albeit in another country. Ingrid, because of her royal blood and her beauty, was considered quite a catch and some even speculated that she might be a match for the future King Edward VIII of England (prior to his abdication) but she ultimately married Frederick XI of Denmark, becoming Queen of Denmark in 1947 when her husband ascended the throne. In 1964 Constantine II married Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, the sister of Queen Margarethe II, meaning that all five of Constantine and Anne-Marie's five children are, like numerous royals before them, dual-descendants of Queen Victoria.

    When it comes to strong genetic links to Queen Victoria, it's hard to outdo the Spanish king. The youngest of Victoria's reigning descendants, Felipe took over the Spanish throne from his father in 2014 after Juan Carlos I abdicated. (\\"I do not want my son to wither waiting like Prince Charles,\\" the King reportedly said of his choice to step down.)

    Carl's mother, Princess Sibylla, on the other hand, was descended from Queen Victoria's youngest son, Prince Leopold. Leopold passed away young as the result of hemophilia, but not before having two children with his wife, Princess Helenaa daughter, Princess Alice, and a son, Charles Edward. Charles Edward, who became the last reigning duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha before he and his family were stripped of their titles following his support of Germany in WII, had five children, among them, Princess Sibylla.

    Together, the royal couple had three daughters, Margarethe, Benedikte, and Anne-Marie, a fact which might have led Frederick's younger brother to take the throne after his death, if not for a 1953 amendment that allowed female succession and led Margarethe to become heir to the throne.

    Following his abdication, Wilhelm fled to the Netherlands, where he ultimately died in 1941; Germany fell into a brief civil conflict after the loss of their political leadership and ultimately empowered a presidency as head of state, rather than return to a monarchy. Victoria's second daughter, Princess Alice, was plagued by tragedy throughout her lifeshe nursed her father, Prince Albert as he died, a loss which overshadowed Alice's own marriage to Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse; she lost her two year old son Friedrich to a brain hemorrhage caused by hemophilia, and her sixth child, Alix, when Alix and her family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

    Michael I actually served as king of Romania twicehis father, Carol II, ran off a with a mistress when Michael was very young, renouncing his rights and leaving Michael to inherit the throne upon his grandfathers death when he was five. Carol later returned and was proclaimed king by parliament, but was ultimately deposed and Michael was reinstated as king in 1940 where he served until 1947 when communist forces demanded his abdication at gunpoint. Michael accented (though he would later argue that the abdication was not valid due to the circumstances) and spent most of the next 50 years in exile.

    Peter II ascended the throne at age 17 in a coup d'etat against his uncle and regent, who wished to ally Yugoslavia with Germany during WWII. Within a month of his coronation in 1941, Yugoslavia was overrun by the Axis powers and Peter spent most of the rest of the war in England alongside his godfather, King George VI. After the war, Peter was not allowed to return to Yugoslavia, and he was ultimately deposed in 1945.

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  5. Children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward Died: April 9, 2021 at Windsor, aged 99 years Philip was born Philippos Prince of Greece and Denmark on the Greek Island of Corfu in 1921. His father was Prince Andrew, younger brother of King Constantine of Greece, and his mother Princess Alice of Battenberg.

  6. Prince Philip’s mother was Alice Battenberg, granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and committed to a mental institution in Switzerland. Philip’s Germany father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, ran off with a wealthy mistress.

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