I'm undecided on if I think Victoria was smart to spread her seed throughout all of European royalty or insane for doing so. lol On the one hand, it linked them all together and ensured her families power on the other it made a soap opera style mess of things.
Still, to the common Englishman I think they would see her as that horrible German, which is kind of how Russians saw her, than, as someone related to the former Queen since, as you said, pretty much every royal family was related to QV. It kind of looses it's luster when they can all claim that.
I just think that the anti-German sentiment during a war where almost everyone was against the Germans trumped anything else.