Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany

Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany

Born Apr 7, 1853

The Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany was the eighth child and fourth son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Leopold was later created Duke of Albany, Earl of Clarence, and Baron Arklow. He had haemophilia, which led to his death at age 30.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany.


He was baptised in the Private Chapel of Buckingham Palace on 28 June 1853 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, John Bird Sumner. … Read More


1872 19 Years Old In 1872, Prince Leopold entered Christ Church, Oxford, where he studied a variety of subjects and became president of the Oxford University Chess Club.


1874 21 Years Old On coming of age in 1874, he had been made a privy councillor and granted an annuity of £15,000.
1876 23 Years Old 1 More Event
He left the university with an honorary doctorate in civil law (DCL) in 1876, then travelled in Europe.
1880 27 Years Old In 1880, he toured Canada and the United States with his sister, Princess Louise, whose husband John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne, was Governor General of Canada. … Read More
1881 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite his inability (through illness) to pursue an active military role, he had an honorary association with the 72nd Regiment, Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders, and from 1881 served as the first Colonel-in-Chief of the Seaforth Highlanders, when that regiment was formed through the merger of the 72nd regiment with the 78th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot.
1882 29 Years Old …  On 27 April 1882, Leopold and Helena were married, at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, and his income was raised by parliament to £25,000. … Read More


1883 30 Years Old In 1883, Leopold became a father when his wife gave birth to a daughter, Alice. … Read More
1884 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Prince Leopold had haemophilia, diagnosed in childhood and in early years had various physicians in permanent attendance, including Arnold Royle and John Wickham Legg. In February 1884, Leopold went to Cannes on doctor's orders: joint pain is a common symptom of haemophilia and the winter climate in the United Kingdom was always difficult for him. … Read More
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