Friday, January 20, 2012

Prince Henry of Battenberg's memory

January 20, 1898

Today was the annual commemoration of Prince Henry of Battenberg's death on January 20, 1896.  Prince Henry, the husband of Princess Beatrice, was on his way back to England from taking part in the Ashanti campaign, when he caught a fever and died on board the ship.

The service took place that the Whipppingham Church on the Isle of Wight, where the Prince's remains were interred.   Queen Victoria lead the mourners and was accompanied by Princess Henry,  Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, and Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne.

The sarcophagus was "covered with wreaths."

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