Friday, July 23, 2010
AS SEEN IN:
"Victoria And Albert"
AS PLAYED BY:
Christian Friedrich Freiherr von Stockmar (22 August 1787 – 9 July 1863) was an Anglo-Belgian statesman, who was a leading player in the affairs of the United Kingdom under Queen Victoria.
He was born in Coburg of a Swedish family. He was educated as a physician, and became the personal physician of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 1816 at the time of Leopold's marriage to Princess Charlotte of the United Kingdom. Stockmar stayed in Leopold's service as his private secretary, comptroller of the household, and political advisor.
Leopold came under scrutiny for the position of King of the Belgians, and was made king in 1831. Stockmar took up residence in Coburg, continuing to advise Leopold. In 1837, he was sent by Leopold to serve as advisor to Queen Victoria: one of his first tasks was to brief her on whether Leopold's nephew, Prince Albert (later Prince Consort), was a suitable mate. After the marriage of Victoria and Albert, Stockmar became their unofficial counsellor, and intervened in several crises.
His prominence in the United Kingdom's political circles led to resentment at what was seen to be Albert's (and, generally, German) intervention in the UK's affairs.
Stockmar was raised to the rank of baron by the King of Saxony.
I guess Suchet can't help but to play the Belgie.....