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Prince Alfred, duke of Edinburgh (1844–1900) by Abel Lewis, c. 1875–80 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alfred, Prince, duke of Edinburgh (1844–1900), duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, naval officer, and son of Queen Victoria, was born Alfred Ernest Albert at Windsor Castle on 6 August 1844, the second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. An extroverted child, his capacity for learning delighted his parents. They feared that the comparative academic weakness of his elder brother ...

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Cambridge, Alexander Augustus Frederick William Alfred George, earl of Athlone [formerly Prince Alexander of Teck] (1874–1957), army officer and governor-general of South Africa, was born at Kensington Palace on 14 April 1874, the third son of Princess Mary Adelaide Wilhelmina Elizabeth (1833–1897)...

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Prince Frederick, duke of York and Albany (1763–1827) by Sir David Wilkie, 1822–3 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Frederick, Prince, duke of York and Albany (1763–1827), army officer and bishop of Osnabrück, was the second son of George III and Queen Charlotte. He was born at St James's Palace, London, on 16 August 1763, and on 27 February 1764 was elected to the bishopric of ...

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George, Prince, first duke of Kent (1902–1942), naval and air force officer, was born George Edward Alexander Edmund at York Cottage, Sandringham, on 20 December 1902, the fifth child and fourth son of George V (1865–1936) and Queen Mary (1867–1953). After several years (1912–16) at ...

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George, Prince, second duke of Cambridge (1819–1904), army officer, was born George William Frederick Charles, the only son of Adolphus Frederick, first duke of Cambridge (1774–1850), the youngest son of George III. His mother was Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa (1797–1889), daughter of Frederick, landgrave of Hesse-Cassel...

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Prince George, second duke of Cambridge (1819–1904) by Frank Holl, 1883 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Prince George, first duke of Kent (1902–1942) by Dorothy Wilding, 1934 © Tom Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mountbatten, Louis Alexander, first marquess of Milford Haven [formerly Prince Louis of Battenberg] (1854–1921), naval officer, was the eldest son of Prince Alexander of Hesse and his morganatic wife, Countess Julia Theresa von Haucke. He was born Ludwig Alexander at Graz, Austria...

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Mountbatten, Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, first Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900–1979), naval officer and viceroy of India, was born at Frogmore House, Windsor, on 25 June 1900 as Prince Louis of Battenberg, the younger son and the youngest of the four children of ...

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Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, first Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900–1979) by Yousuf Karsh, 1943 © Karsh / Camera Press, London; collection National Portrait Gallery, London