Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise, Princess Royal Crown Princess of Germany

≈Princess Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise, Princess Royal
21 November 1840 - 5 August 1901
m. 1858, Friedrich III, German Emperor and King of Prussia

Wilhelm II, Deutscher Kaiser, König von Preußen
b. 27 Jan 1859, d. 4 Jun 1941

Viktoria Elisabeth Auguste Charlotte Prinzessin von Preußen
b. 24 Jul 1860, d. 1 Oct 1919

Albrecht Wilhelm Heinrich Prinz von Preußen
b. 14 Aug 1862, d. 20 Apr 1929

Franz Friedrich Sigismund Prinz von Preußen
b. 15 Sep 1864, d. 18 Jun 1866

Friederike Amalia Wilhelmine Viktoria Prinzessin von Preußen
b. 12 Apr 1866, d. 13 Nov 1929

Joachim Friedrich Ernst Waldemar Prinz von Preußen
b. 10 Feb 1868, d. 27 Mar 1879

Sophie Dorothea Ulrike Alice Prinzessin von Preußen
b. 14 Jun 1870, d. 13 Jan 1932

Margarete Beatrice Feodora Prinzessin von Preußen
b. 22 Apr 1872, d. 22 Jan 1954
She married Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia in 1858. Friedrich became the emperor of Germany, but died after only three months. Their eldest son became Wilhelm II of Germany (also known as Kaiser Bill of World War I). This obviously caused friction within the Royal Family -- it is claimed that Queen Victoria's favorite grandson was Wilhelm. Princess Victoria had eight children in total. Her daughter Sophie went on to marry a Greek Prince and later became Queen of Greece. Princess Victoria died August 5th, 1901, only eight months after the death of Queen Victoria.

The Queen and Prince Albert hoped that Victoria's marriage to the future King of Prussia would cement close ties between London and Berlin, and possibly lead to the emergence of a unified and liberal Germany. After the three wars of German unification (1864-71), the victorious princes of the North German Confederation proclaimed a German Empire with King William I of Prussia as the hereditary German Emperor. On his death in 1888, his son Prince Frederick ascended the throne and Victoria adopted the title The German Empress. He died later that year, after which she was known as The Empress Frederick.

It's hard to imagine wedding music without the familiar strains of Mendelssohn's famous "Wedding March." The tune is so famous — opening with its regal blast of brass — that it seems like it's been around forever. But it was 150 years ago that the Wedding March was popularized for the first time.

The March was first performed in Potsdam in 1842, as a part of Mendelssohn's incidental music for the Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream. It wasn't until Jan. 25, 1858, that the march first appeared in a royal wedding — as a recessional used by princess Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise, the eldest child of Queen Victoria, when she married Frederick William IV. of Prussia.

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