Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The death of Princess Alice

December 15, 1878

It was on Friday morning when the doctors "recognized the condition" of Grand Duchess Alice of Hesse and by Rhine "was hopeless," and sent "secret messages to that effect to England," reports the New York Times.  The Grand Duchess showed signs of suffocation at about 1 a.m., on Saturday on morning, but these symptoms subsided shortly afterward.  Her husband, Grand Duke Ludwig IV, was "induced to leave the room,", but his mother, Princess Elisabeth, remained, "ministering to the Princess until the last."
The Grand Ducal Court will go into mourning for twelve weeks. 

Princess Thyra of Denmark's marriage to the Duke of Cumberland will take place on December 21, "as originally intended," as the Grand Duchess' funeral has been set for December 18.

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