Sunday, April 21, 2019

Prince Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929)

HRH Prince Albert Wilhelm Heinrich of Prussia was born on August 14, 1862, at Berlin, the third child of Friedrich III, German Emperor, and his British wife, Victoria, eldest daughter of Queen Victoria.

Heinrich was the only surviving brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

On May 24, 1888, at the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin,  he married his first cousin, Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, the third daughter of Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and By Rhine and his wife, Alice, second daughter of Queen Victoria.

They had three sons: Prince Waldemar (1889-1945), Prince Sigismund (1896-1978) and Prince Heinrich (1900-1904).  Prince Waldemar and Prince Heinrich were hemophiliacs.

Heinrich rose to the rank of Grand Admiral in the German Navy.  After the fall of the German monarchy,  the prince and his family retired to Hemmelmark, their estate in Schleswig-Holstein.  It was at Hemmelmark where Prince Heinrich died on April 20, 1929.  He was 66 years old.  The cause of death of throat cancer.

This link will tell you more about Princess Karl of Isenburg, who was the recipient of the postcard of Prince and Princess Heinrich and their family

The Cumberland Princesses

Several of these photos were used in my recent article, The Cumberland Princesses, which was published by Royalty Digest, earlier this year.

Marie, Alexandra, and Olga were the daughters of the Duke and Duchess of Cumberland.  The Duke of Cumberland was the son of King Georg V of Hanover, who lost his throne in 1878.   Marie married Prince Max of Baden.  Alexandra married Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.  Olga did not marry. 

The three sisters and their three brothers,  Georg Wilhelm, Christian, and Ernst August, were first cousins of King George V of the United Kingdom as their mother, Princess Thyra of Denmark, was Queen Alexandra's youngest sister.

All of the photos are from my collection.

Duchess Thyra of Mecklenburg with Prince Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein and Grand Duchess Alexandra,  Thyra was Alexandra's unmarried daughter.

Crown Princess Cecilie with her two sisters-in-law, Princess Olga of Hannover and Grand Duchess Alexandra (mid-1950s)

70th birthday of Grand Duchess Alexandra , September 29, 1953 at Glücksburg
Back row: Hereditary Grand Duchess Karin, Duchess Thyra and Princess Anastasia
middle row: Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Franz, Grand Duchess Alexandra, Prince Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein (husband of Anastasia)
Front row: Princesses Elisabeth, Irene and Margarethe of Schleswig-Holstein

Back row:  Duke Christian Ludwig of Mecklenburg, Duchess Barbara, Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Franz and his wife, Karin
Middle Row:  Duchess Thyra of Mecklenburg, Princess Elisabeth of Schleswig-Holstein, Grand Duchess Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin,  Princess Irene of Schleswig-Holstein, Princess Anastasia of Schleswig-Holstein (nee Mecklenburg-Schwerin),   Front row,  Duchesses Donata and Edwina of Mecklenburg, Princess Sibylla of Schleswig-Holstein and Prince Friedrich Franz of Schleswig Holstein  (1963)

Queen Frederika with her two Aunts, Alexandra and Olga

Sisters-in-law.  Viktoria-Luise married Prince Ernst August, youngest but only surviving son of the Duke and Duchess of Cumberland.  

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Duke of Edinburgh is now the longest living descendant of Queen Victoria

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 Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, born Princess Alice of Albany, is no longer the longest living descendant of Queen Victoria,  That title now goes to HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (ne Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark), the grandson of Alice's first cousin, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by the Rhine.

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Princess Alice still holds the record for the longest living British blood royal.  She achieved this record on July 15, 1977, at age 94 years 140 days, one day older than Princess Augusta of Cambridge, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, a granddaughter of George III and a first cousin of Queen Victoria.  Augusta was the aunt of Princess Alice's husband, Alexander, Earl of Athlone (ne Prince Alexander of Teck.)  Princess Alice held the record for nearly 42 years.

Congrats to His Royal Highness on such an achievement -- at least from my perspective as the author of Queen Victoria's Descendants.   He is spending the Easter holiday at Windsor Castle, where his mother, Princess Alice, and his grandmother, Princess Victoria, were born.

Queen Victoria -- Alice (Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and by Rhine) -- Victoria (Louis, Marquess of Milford Haven, ne Prince Louis of Battenberg) - Alice (Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark) - Philip

Queen Victoria was present for the births of her granddaughter and great-granddaughter.  She attended both of their baptisms.  Victoria's baptism took place at Windsor Castle.  Alice was baptized in Darmstadt.  Victoria held her great-granddaughter during the service.

Victoria and Alice had lunch with King George V and Queen Mary at Buckingham Palace on the day the Duchess of York gave birth to her first daughter, Princess Elizabeth - April 21, 1926.  At the time, Prince Philip was approaching his fifth birthday.

April 5, 1863

February 25, 1885

the baptism was on April 25, 1885