Wednesday, January 6, 2010

the lovely Edinburgh girls

Both images: Marlene A Eilers Koenig collection

The lovely Edinburgh princesses, the four daughters of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia.

The first photo shows the three elder sisters: Marie, Victoria Melita and Alexandra. The second photo is the youngest daughter, Beatrice, known as Baby Bee.


stormygal9112 said...

Beautiful! I'd never seen the first one before, thank you for posting this!

Anonymous said...

Marie, Queen of Romania was an outstandingly beautiful woman. I could never see Victoria Melita as being in this category though. Their mother GD Marie was a pretty woman when she married Prince Alfred and I think they inherited a lot of their looks from her. Fortunately they didn't inherit Queen Victoria's bulbous eyes as their Wales cousins did.
From what I have read about Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, he was obsessed with money and this is probably why he married Marie who had an enormous dowry - I think she bought a million pounds (roubles?) into the marriage, plus fabulous jewels.

Prince Alfred visited Australia in the 1860's and caused an enormous scandal when he associated with a high class prostitute in Melbourne, who later followed him to New Zealand and back to Sydney. There was a failed assassination attempt made on his life in Sydney. Queen Victoria made comment about his immoral behaviour in one of her letters to her daughter.