9 Famous People Who Were Related and Still Got Married

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#8 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Potentially, they are some of the most famous royal couples out there, and that is not only because of what they have accomplished during their lives. This was because their marriage is considered to be one of the most loving marriages in the British monarchy, despite it being an arranged one to begin with.

Queen Victoria is one of the few of the United Kingdom’s reigning queens. She was crowned only a few months after she turned eighteen, which made her very young when she started ruling. Despite her youth, she was to be betrothed to her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, whom her family was adamant about her marrying.

Her uncle, Leopold, was just as intent on this marriage as he hoped this would be his winning ticket to being able to control the British crown. Despite this, he lost massively, as the two were very fond of each other, and the queen ended up completely ignoring her uncle during her reign. Not only had they honored their families’ agreements by marrying, but the two had a healthy and loving marriage.

Despite the fact that they were first cousins, the two had nine children over the course of their twenty-one-year marriage, and after Prince Albert died at the age of forty-two, Queen Victoria wore black for the rest of her life to symbolize her mounring. Yes, it was iffy that they were related, but they did have a loving relationship.

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4 thoughts on “9 Famous People Who Were Related and Still Got Married”

  1. dorothy A senner

    It has been documented that Jefferson and his slave Hemmings were in love. It is not fair to say he abused her. She was half sister to his former wife.

  2. Any couple related or not, also is at risk of having a child with genetic conditions or health problems! Although taboo in some cultures, marriage between first cousins is accepted in many cultures around the world. The vast majority of children of first cousins are healthy and do not have problems due to their parents’ relatedness. It is important to keep in mind that even for an unrelated couple, there is an approximately 2-3% chance that their child is born with a birth defect, genetic syndrome, or disability.

    The risk for children of first cousins is increased over this background, by about 3%. ( Not enough to forbid or look down upon )
    The above information is from the “Genetic Awareness Project”

    Another note of fact: Mary and Joseph were first cousins…. and though Jesus supposedly was immaculately conceived his siblings were definitely born of Mary and Joseph. If G-d sanctioned their marriage then who are we to say that such marriages are taboo?

  3. Richard Pepper

    The outlaw Jesse James married his first cousin, Zerelda Mimms. She tended to his wounds from the Civil War.

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