Henry, Duke of Edinburgh

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Henry, Duke of Edinburgh
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Henry, Duke of Edinburgh (1786-1833) was the third surviving son of Henry VII. He was a professional soldier who saw action in the Peninsular Wars. Most historians agree that Duke Henry was a surrogate father to the young Queen Victoria, and it is no surprise that his own values of hard work, rigid moral codes and a firm belief in the sanctity of marriage became a hallmark of her life. His death in 1833 devastated her, although it was at his lavish state funeral that she met Albert de la Pole, grandson of the Earl of Suffolk--the man who would be her husband. She later named more than one daughter Adeleide after Henry's Duchess, Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen.

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