Just another GR refugee. Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.
This is an excellent double biography of the the most important married couple of the 19th century, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Half of the book is a study of their lives in the years before they married, at 20 (1819-1840), as well as the story of the great British Royal Marriage Race. The other half is a look at their years together, 1840-1861. (The final chapter considers Victoria's life, and the lives of her children, in the years after Alfred's death, but only in brief.)
I didn't learn that much about Victoria (of whom I've read several biographies, particularly Elizabeth Longford's), but Alfred was a revelation. Intellectual, ambitious, misogynistic, egotistical, and an autocrat.
She wasn't a prig or a prude - until Albert got his hands on her. Many of the values that we would consider "Victorian" are, in actuality, "Albertan."
On the other hand, thank you, Albert, for the Crystal Palace Exhibition, and for your very last policy decision - that Britain should not go to war with the US in 1861, over the Trent affair. (An American warship had stopped the British vessel Trent, which was carrying Confederate diplomats, and seized the Confederates. Britain's government was apoplectic.)