In a letter written to her uncle Leopold I of Belgium, Victoria stated her support for a new royal branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (as Leopold had been chosen as King of the Belgians in 1831), as well as her desire for her second son, Alfred, to succeed his uncle in the duchy.
Princess Beatrice Leopoldine Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (20 April 1884 – 13 July 1966) was a member of the British royal family, a male-line granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She later married into the Spanish royal family , and was the wife of Prince Alfonso de Orleans y Borbón , Infante of Spain, a first cousin of Alfonso XIII of Spain .
Leopoldo hizo arreglos para que su hermana invitara al duque de Sajonia-Coburgo y Gotha y a sus dos hijos a visitarla en mayo de 1836, con la finalidad de conocer a Victoria. Sin embargo, el rey Guillermo IV, reprobaba cualquier relación con los Coburgo y en cambio favorecía el compromiso con el príncipe Alejandro de los Países Bajos , segundo hijo de Guillermo, príncipe de Orange .