In 1851 he visited England on the occasion of the Great Exhibition, and in 1855 became engaged to Victoria, princess royal of Great Britain, to whom he was married in London on the 25th of January 1858.
In August 1849 the queen and Prince Albert, accompanied by the little princess royal and the prince of Wales, paid a visit to Ireland, landing at the Cove of Cork, which from /rash trip, that day was renamed Queenstown.
Less than a year after Princess Beatrice's birth the princess royal was married to Prince Frederick William of Prussia, afterwards the emperor Frederick.
The princess royal received a dowry of 40,000 and £8000 a year for life, the younger daughters £30,000 and £6000 a year each.
He was succeeded by his son, the emperor Frederick III., regarded with special affection in England as the husband of the princess royal.