Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Princess Christina of Hesse (1933-2011)
Princess Christina Margarethe was born at Schloss Kronberg on January 10, 1933. She was married twice. Her first marriage took place at Kronberg in August 1956 when she married Prince Andrej of Yugoslavia, youngest son of King Alexander I and Princess Marie of Romania. This marriage ended in divorce in 1962.
Prince Andrej filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery. He received custody of the couple's two children, Princess Maria Tatiana and Prince Christopher.
Soon after the divorce was granted, Princess Christina married Robert Floris van Eyck in December 1962. This marriage was dissolved by divorce in 1986.
For many years, Princess Christina lived in Gersau, Switzerland, with her sister, Princess Dorothea, the widow of Prince Friedrich of Windisch-Graetz.
She is survived by her daughters, Princess Maria Tatiana of Yugoslavia, Mrs Thune-Larsen and Helen van Eyck and her younger son, Mark van Eyck, and four grandchildren. A son, Prince Christopher of Yugoslavia, died in 1994. She also is survived by by her two younger sisters, Princesses Dorothea and Princess Clarissa of Hesse, her two younger brothers, Princes Karl and Rainer of Hesse, her half brother, Prince Georg of Hannover and her half sister, Princess Frederika of Hanover, Mrs. Cyr.
[Note: one source has stated that the date of death is November 22. This is incorrect, according to the family.]
Princess Christina's mother, Princess Sophie, the fourth daughter of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, was 15-years-old when her engagement to Prince Christoph of Hesse was announced on June 8, 1930. (She turned sixteen on June 26.) On the same day, her sister, Princess Cecilie, became engaged to Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus of Hesse and By Rhine.
Princess Sophie and Prince Christoph were married at Kronberg on December 15, 1930. She was the first of Prince and Princess Andrew's children to marry.
On January 10, 1933, the Associated Press reported that Princess Christoph of Hesse "today gave birth to a daughter."