Historically Crushed: Robin Bridges on Prince Albert & King Leopold
Young Adult Romance Authors share their biggest historical crushes with RomanceatRandom readers. Today we hear from Robin Bridges, author of The Gathering Storm.
I’ve had a crush on Queen Victoria’s own Prince Charming, Prince Albert, for years. Even before I saw the movie The Young Victoria. Rupert Friend’s portrayal just made Albert even more adorable to me. Their courtship was one of true romance despite being engineered by Albert and Victoria’s uncle, King Leopold of Belgium. (We’re going to skip over the fact that Albert and Victoria were first cousins!) Victoria wrote that he was “extremely handsome; his hair is about the same colour as mine; his eyes are large and blue, and he has a beautiful nose and a very sweet mouth with fine teeth; but the charm of his countenance is his expression, which is most delightful.” (Weintraub, Stanley (1997). Albert: Uncrowned King. London: John Murray. ISBN 0-7195-5756-9)
(Queen Victoria’s match-making Uncle Leopold was something of a hottie in his younger days as well!) King Leopold hoped by marrying his niece to his nephew he could ensure England’s support for his small, newly-formed kingdom of Belgium. But Albert defied his uncle and encouraged Victoria to put England’s interests first. He was a progressive thinker, and while he did not share equal power with the queen, he was a supporter of social and industrial reform during her reign.
In The Katerina Trilogy, Grand Duke George Alexandrovich is willing to defy his imperial parents to be with Katerina and encourages her to pursue her own dreams. The real George Alexandrovich was related to Prince Albert indirectly. Albert’s son Edward grew up to marry George’s aunt, Princess Alexandra of Denmark. However, in all of the tangled family trees of European royalty, I could not find a common ancestor of the two gentlemen. (If someone can find an ancestor they shared in common, I’ll send you a Katerina Trilogy swag package with bookmarks and stickers from both THE GATHERING STORM and THE UNFAILING LIGHT!)
|By day, Robin Bridges is a mild-mannered writer of fantasy and paranormal fiction for young adults. By night, she’s a pediatric nurse. Robin lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband, one soon-to-be teenager, and two slobbery Mastiffs. She likes playing video games and watching Jane Austen movies. (Alas, if only there was a Jane Austen video game!) THE GATHERING STORM is her first novel. Visit her website at RobinBridges.com.|