WI Victoria of England and George V of Hanover marry

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by Galba Otho Vitelius, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Galba Otho Vitelius Well-Known Member

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    I just read that William IV of England had hopes that Victoria would marry her cousin George V of Hanover, to repair the dynastic split between England and Hanover. What if they had actually happened? Among other things it means Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha doesn't become Victoria's consort.
     
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  2. mcdnab Well-Known Member

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    William was actually keener on the sons of the Dutch king especially the second son Alexander. His relationship with George's father his brother Ernst was pretty bad at that point.
     
  3. FillyofDelphi Well-Known Member

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    Well, the first thing that comes to mind is Hanover is liable to stay neutral in the Austro-Prussian War and thus avoid annexation into Prussia. Alot depends from there just what the Hanover Constitution ends up looking like (Do you get a fully reformed one, or still semi absolutist, if George V is under English influences? His attitude on royal power probably softens at least somewhat) and the level of legal autonomy enjoyed by the member states of the NGF that both Prussia and Napoleon 3rd want to see...
     
  4. Galba Otho Vitelius Well-Known Member

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    There are two separate divergences from here, which is why I thought this was an interesting question.

    The first is getting rid of the marriage of Victoria and Albert. Albert was a smart man, something of a liberal, and Victoria was really in love with him. Change any of these with a different consort, and you get a very different Victorian era, and one possibility is the end of the British monarchy. You change things just by not having Victoria spend the 1860s in morning. George being effectively blind will have an effect and does not get butterflied. And of course all the successors change, there is no Edward VII or the Windsor monarchs.

    The second is the effect of Hanover when the personal union with the British crown is maintained, and the possibilities include Britain getting dragged into the Seven Weeks War to Hanover not being absorbed into Prussia or into Germany. This butterflies into World War 2. And a Prussian dominated second reich sort of requires the Prussian annexation of Hanover, to augment its population and create a contiguous block of territory. Remember they annexed Hanover during the French Revolutionary wars, during a period where Prussia was sort of aligned with France.
     
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