Even Queen Victoria was said to be deeply attached to Prince Albert.In this new environment, the practice of arranged marriages gradually faded.
For this reason, noble children were often betrothed at an early age as well.
To underscore the economics of marriage, the bride's family provided the groom with a dowry.
Nobles were equally cautious in their marital arrangements. Its purpose was to strengthen a family by preserving its claim to wealth and land.
With a well-secured marriage, a family could rise in society, move in court circles and enjoy other privileges.
In fact, royal children were commonly betrothed at a very young age.