Tin Toy Corner: Rock & Graner’s 1863 British Royal Wedding Coach
By Renaud Fournier and David Pressland
IN 1861, QUEEN VICTORIA and her husband, Prince Albert, of England were already concerned with finding a bride for their son and heir, Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VII. They enlisted the aid of their daughter, Crown Princess Victoria of Prussia to find a suitable candidate.
Alexandra of Denmark was not their first choice as the Danes were at odds with the Prussians, and most of the British royal family’s relations were German. However, other candidates were eventually rejected and in 1861, Crown Princess Victoria introduces her brother Albert Edward to Alexandra of Denmark.
In 1862, Albert Edward purchases Sandringham house as a country home for him and his fiancée Alexandra. The couple are married on March 10th, 1863 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Alexandra would then give birth to her first child, Albert Victor, in 1864.