Were Queen Victoria and her husband 1st cousins (like if Prince William had married Princess Beatrice)?
They were first cousins, just like William III and Queen Mary II were. No grandparents attended the wedding as they were dead before 1840. Victoria's mother and Albert's father were brother and sister; both attended.
First-cousin marriages were fairly common up 'til about the 1930s. In 1840, marrying a first cousin was pretty unremarkable, especially in royal circles, where the pool of suitable marriage partners could be very small. None of Victoria's or Albert's grandparents were still living at the time of their marriage.
Yes. Albert's father was brother to Victoria's mother. But their shared grandparents were dead by the time they married.
Victoria & Albert married in 1840. Their grandfather Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld died in 1806, his wife The Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (Neè Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf) died in 1831. The territorial designation of the family changed in 1826.
Marrying cousins in order to keep the power in the family was not uncommon then. The shared grandparents had died years before the wedding, which took place in 1840.Their grandfather Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld died in 1806, and ,his wife ,The Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (neè Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf) died in 1831,
They were first cousins,( albert's father was her uncle leopold) but i think that their grandparents were dead by the time they married.
Yes, it was shocking behaviour then, and it is now, these people have no scruples.