Prince alfred was born on 6 august 1844 at windsor castle to the reigning british monarch queen victoria and her husband prince albert of saxe coburg and gotha the second son of ernst i duke of saxe coburg and gotha he was second in the line of succession behind his elder brother the prince of wales. Prince alfred was the second son and fourth child of queen victoria and prince albert to his family he was known as affie he was christened at windsor castle in the private chapel and at that time second in the british line of succession alfred was tutored alongside his older brother albert edward. Alfred queen victorias second son is a useful addition to the vast canon of books on victoria and her extended family references to alfred are usually limited to a very predictable number of stories of his childhood relationship to bertie his brother and their experiences aboard ship in the royal navy when they were very young. Prince alfred who was created duke of edinburgh in 1866 and became duke of saxe coburg gotha in 1893 was the second son of queen victoria and prince albert a patron of the arts pioneer philatelist and amateur violinist he joined the royal navy as a boy and rose to become admiral of the fleet
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