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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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D'Auvergne, Philippe (bap. 1754, d. 1816), naval officer and claimant to the duchy of Bouillon, was born in St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, and baptized at St Helier parish church on 13 November 1754. He was the only surviving child of Charles Dauvergne...

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Ernest (1830–1904) by Frederick Richard Say, 1856–7 [Left to right] Victor, prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Count Gleichen (1833-1891) and ] The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Ernest (1830–1904), prince of Leiningen and naval officer, was born Ernst Leopold Victor Karl August Joseph Emich at Amorbach, Bavaria, on 9 November 1830. He was the elder son of Charles, reigning prince of Leiningen (1804–1856), and his wife, Marie, countess of Klebelsberg...

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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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Victor, prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg [known as Count Gleichen] (1833–1891), naval officer and sculptor, was the third and youngest son of Prince Ernst of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and his wife, Princess Feodore, the only daughter of Emich Charles, reigning prince of Leiningen, and his wife, ...