The Victoria & Albert Museum
The marriage of Victoria to her first cousin, Albert (son of her mother’s brother, Ernest) was long-anticipated and long-rumored. In fact, the marriage had been in the works since the cousins were children. However, the Queen wasn’t too keen on the idea at first. When she first met her German cousin, he seemed disinterested in her and, frankly, she didn’t find him at all interesting either. Though he possessed a handsome face and figure, he was shy and somewhat dull. However, upon their second meeting, once Victoria was already Queen and she had her choice of many eligible bachelors, Albert had undergone years of study and intense grooming for the role of Prince Consort and Victoria declared him the most perfect man she’d ever seen.