- NAME: Empress Frederick
- OCCUPATION: Empress, Queen
- BIRTH DATE: November 21, 1840
- DEATH DATE: August 05, 1901
- Did You Know?: Empress Frederick and Prince Frederick William of Prussia had eight children together.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: London, England, United Kingdom
- PLACE OF DEATH: Schloss Friedrichshof, Kronberg, Germany
- AKA: Empress Frederick
- Originally: Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise
- AKA: Princess Victoria
- AKA: Victoria, Princess Royal
- AKA: Empress Victoria
- AKA: Queen Victoria of Prussia
- AKA: Vicky
- AKA: Kaiserin Friedrich
- AKA: Viktoria Adelheid Maria Luise
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Empress Frederick was the oldest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of England. She married the future German emperor, Frederick III, in 1858, thus becoming empress of Germany and queen of Prussia.
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Born Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise in London, England, in 1840, Empress Frederick was the oldest child of England's Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She was heiress to the throne, in line to succeed her mother as queen of the United Kingdom, until her younger brother, the future King Edward VII,
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was born in 1841. She married Prince Frederick William of Prussia (German Emperor Frederick III) in 1858, at age 17, thus becoming empress of Germany and queen of Prussia. She and Frederick had eight children together: Wilhelm II, Charlotte, Henry, Sigismund, Victoria, Waldemar, Sophie and Margaret. Empress Frederick died on August 5, 1901, in Schloss Friedrichshof, Kronberg, Germany.
Empress Frederick was born Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa on November 21, 1840, at Buckingham Palace in London, England. Victoria was the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The Archbishop of Canterbury baptized her in the throne room on February 10, 1841.
Victoria grew up well-educated and was well versed in several languages. At a young age, as was the custom, Victoria was groomed for marriage, and she met her future husband, Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia, in 1851. Prussia was an old ally of Great Britain, so the match was politically expedient, and the pair turned out to be a good match. The prince, 10 years Victoria's elder, proposed in 1855, and the couple was married in 1857 in St. James Palace. The wedding furrowed brows across Prussia, as royals there had hoped to host the wedding. The couple did, however, soon move to Prussia.
Victoria often complained that Prussia's standards of living were not up to those found in Great Britain (starting with the royal accommodations and continuing on to the architecture of the buildings). But Frederick and Victoria loved each very much, and he treated her as an equal in the House of Hohenzollern.
Two years after their wedding, in 1859, Victoria gave birth to their first child, Prince Wilhelm. However, the birth was problematic and the child would develop a physical disability. Despite this misfortune, Victoria would go on to have seven more children, although one would die before reaching its first birthday and another at age 11.
In 1861, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV died, and his brother succeeded him as King Wilhelm, which made Frederick and Victoria the crown prince and princess of Prussia. From this position, Victoria began putting forth ideas for the transformation of Prussia into a more open, liberal society (modeled on Great Britain), which often put her at odds with Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who was a rising figure at the time.
Another push Victoria led was for Prussia to assume a leadership role in the unification of the German states. While unification did occur, in 1871, it happened under von Bismarck's guidance and not Victoria’s, perhaps fueling animosity between the two that lasted for years.
In 1888, Kaiser Wilhelm I died and Frederick took the throne.
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