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By John Van der Kiste

Prince Alfred, who used to be created Duke of Edinburgh in 1866 and have become Duke of Saxe-Coburg Gotha in 1893, used to be the second one son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. A consumer of the humanities, pioneer philatelist and novice violinist, he joined the Royal army as a boy and rose to turn into Admiral of the Fleet. on the age of 18 he was once elected King of Greece by way of overwhelming renowned vote in a plebiscite, even supposing political agreements among the nice Powers of Europe avoided him from accepting the vacant crown. the main greatly travelled member of his relations, he had visited all 5 continents via the age of 27, and whereas on a journey of Australia in 1868 he narrowly escaped assassination by the hands of a Fenian sympathiser. Married to Grand Duchess Marie of Russia, the single surviving daughter of Tsar Alexander II, at one degree he needed to face the chance that he should be required to struggle on behalf of the British empire opposed to that of his spouse's father. His final years have been overshadowed via marital problems, alcoholism and ill-health, and the suicide of his in basic terms son and heir.

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