Prince Albert married his first cousin Victoria the reigning Queen of England, in 1839. He was only 20 years old. Unfortunately, Albert died when he was only 42 from typhus. Victoria wore mourning and did not take them off until the end of her days. The grandson of Albert and Victoria - George the fifth, became the father of the famous Elizabeth II. By the way, in terms of years of reign, she surpassed her great-grandmother Queen Victoria. Victoria ruled for 64 years, considered the most extended period in English history.