When Wikipedia features members of any Royal Family, past or present, or affiliated Royal subjects, I go a bit bonkers. Every time I’ll take a screenshot, but even in my excitement I don’t take the time to post about King Æthelred, Windsor Castle, or Prince Albert (alas!), to name a few from recent memory. Today, however, regime change begins at home and here she is, Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine.
This woman is, if you forgive the expression, kind of a big deal. To start, she is one of the 42 grandchildren of the illustrious Queen Victoria; Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s consort, is in turn the junior Victoria’s grandson. Most recognized for the prior distinction, she is also the mother of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India and Prince Charles’ beloved great uncle.
Family tragedy blots much of Princess Victoria’s life: Her mother, the ill-fated Princess Alice, died from diphtheria on the death anniversary of Prince Albert, Princess Alice’s father; PrincessVictoria was just 15 . During the Russian revolution two of Princess Victoria’s sisters, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth and the Empress Alexandra, were murdered. Marriage into the German Royal Family did not bode well for her during the years of World War, and she was often separated from her children. Princess Victoria lived her later years in Kensington Palace and died in 1950, well-remembered by her grandson, then just The Duke of Edinburgh.
It is because of her tragic family life that Princess Victoria holds clout today: In 1993 Prince Philip’s DNA confirmed that all five daughters of the last Russian Imperial Family perished at the hands of Bolsheviks in 1917; this evidence put to rest the tale of Grand Duchess Anastasia (and other impostors) surviving the revolution. The discovery solved a decades-long mystery and was only possible through his grandmother, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, who gave him proximity to the female blood line of his great aunt, Empress Alexandra.
There’s much more to Princess Victoria’s story than I’ve mentioned, so take a look at the Wikipedia page and see for yourself!
In other news, The Duke of Rothesay and The Earl and Countess of Strathearn are making the Scottish rounds this morning; stay tuned for an update later today, probably after work. The Countess is wearing red!