The royal weddings that shaped European history

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  • Published on:  Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • To Queen Victoria, marriages were about strategic alliances.Correction: At 5:38, the map of post-war Germany is missing eastern Prussia. The borders of Austria-Hungary should also include portions of northern Serbia and southern Poland.Subscribe to our channel! video was produced in collaboration between Vox and BBCThree.Over the course of her 63-year reign, Queen Victoria strategically planned marriages to place her descendants in royal families all over Europe. In doing so, she created one of the most remarkable royal families in history. By the early 19th century, Europe had been at war for decades. After the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars killed millions, European leaders came together to restore peace by reshaping major states for a new balance of power. Great Britain went on to become one of the strongest states. And years later, Queen Victoria and her husband Albert came up with a plan to maintain that political power — they married their children to monarchs across Europe. By the 1880s Queen Victoria’s children were in several important branches of Europe’s monarchies. The royal unions didn't play out as Queen Victoria planned, but she continued to make more matches anyway. She had 42 grandchildren, and these 7 ended up on royal thrones. Her grandchildren would end up on the thrones of Britain, Russia, Germany, Romania, Norway, and Spain leading up to the most destructive war Europe had ever seen. To truly understand the international conflicts and trends shaping our world you need a big-picture view. Video journalist Sam Ellis uses maps to tell these stories and chart their effects on foreign is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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  • Vox

     1 years ago

    This is the second of three videos we're doing in collaboration with BBC Three, all about royal weddings! Watch the first one, that breaks down all the basics, here:

  • Phanitej Kanchu

     14 hours ago

    England, if you read history, start every thing, every time very well, but always backfire in horrible way, after few decades they take credit of result saying they started the trend.

  • golden chariot

     7 months ago

  • Venom

     1 years ago

    Keeping Up With The Victorians

  • Nigel Marvin

     19 days ago

    Honestly, that is a show I wanna watch.

  • o o f

     20 days ago

    I would honestly watch that show

  • Dawud G Delves

     1 years ago

    Queen Victoria was the first Kris Jenner.

  • Kathryn Baudelaire

     1 months ago


  • Molly Dx

     1 months ago

    you’re doing amazing sweetie!

  • Mobile Legends Pampanga

     1 years ago

    World war 1 = family feud

  • Vee Cee

     5 days ago

    All wars are family feuds

  • 10521577A

     21 days ago

    so basically Markle will start a war lol

  • Daniel Read

     1 years ago

    So basically you're telling me... queen victoria was a pimp?

  • A Fun Guy Named Kawhi

     2 months ago

    Funny but true, very upscale pimp indeed.

  • Oktodenn

     1 years ago

    Victoria clearly plays a bit to much Crusader Kings II

  • Alex Ye

     3 months ago

    @A.K.A Matt You and we don't know whether the Pope was a satanist. If he was and hid it well, how would we know?

  • Simple Maker

     7 months ago

    @merchantfanOH LMAO

  • Maz S

     1 years ago

    I think Victoria Beckham deserves the title "former spice girl" over David Beckham's wife thank you

  • Kurang Senang Brand

     5 months ago

    David beckham is more popular than the spice girl

  • Justin Y.

     1 years ago

    Ironically the US is more fascinated about the Royals than the British are

  • Deku Bakugo

     15 days ago


  • Rimmi Peepsicles

     1 months ago

    Actually, I agree with Justin on this one.

  • wizard 22

     1 years ago

    Queen Victoria, the ultimate shipper who shipped her children with people from different countries with different cultures, in an effort to bring peace to Europe.

  • WhyNot StayHonest

     12 days ago

    Central Europe was already at peace tho

  • Angus Yang

     3 months ago

    Cough, World War I, cough

  • Andrew Farrell

     1 years ago

    You left out the personal messages between Kaiser Wilhelm and Tzar Nickolas as they called each other by their boyhood names Willy and Nicky and tried to stop the war.

  • Lucas Linares

     6 days ago

    Diana Hernandez George and Nicky were really good-looking😍

  • anon ymous

     13 days ago

    the fact that this bloodshed brought out the childhood innocence from their youth makes it all the more saddening