Birth and family
Victoria's father was Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, In 1818 he married Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, a widowed German princess with two children Carl and Feodora by her first marriage to the Prince of Leiningen. Her brother Leopold was Princess Charlotte's widower. The Duke and Duchess of Kent's only child, Victoria, was born at 4.15 a.m. on 24 May 1819 at Kensington Palace in London. At birth, Victoria was fifth in the line of succession after the four eldest sons of George III: George, the Prince Regent; Frederick, the Duke of York; William, the duke of Clarence; and Victoria's father, Edward, the Duke of Kent.