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Re: Edward & Elisabeth
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Because by marrying Alexandra Edward VII bacame part of the extended Danish Royal family. Had he married Marie of the Netherlands he would have been closer to her Prussian relatives instead of the anti-Prussian sentiment of Alexandra's family.
The close links with the Russians would not have been there either. Im not sure if Marie would have been as popular as Alexandra and im certain that Edward would have been as unfaithful to Marie as he was to Alexandra. Had the Princess of Wales not been as popular at a time when both the Queen and Prince of Wales were not popular either the future of the British monarchy might have taken a different course.
The prince of Wales was lucky he got to marry Alexandra of Denmark. Had he ended up with Elisabeth or Marie that might have had a bigger impact on the history of not just the people involved and their families but potentially the world.
How could the world have been affected? We have no way of knowing just what kind of marriage the Prince of Wales and Princess Elisabeth of Wied would have had, or what kind of children.
We know that she was not a sterile person, since she did manage to conceive and carry a child. It's just that she wasn't a very fertile person: somehow, she was unable to get pregnant again, after the death of her only child. But this is no indication of the fertility of an hypothetical marriage between her and the future King Edward VII of Great Britain. As it was, by a twist of fate, her husband's nephew adopted an heir who married the British king's niece, Princess Marie of Edinburgh, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha ...
As for the political aspect of a union with a mediatized German house ... it's difficult to say ..,
And I know very little about the other Marie, Princess of the Netherlands. The main focus of my original post was Elisabeth, for the simple reason is that she's the only princess from a non-sovereign house I personally know of who became the queen consort of a sovereign country, since 1800.