Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Prince John has died

all photos from the Marlene A Eilers-Koenig collection

January 18, 1919

By Special cable to The New York Times and the Associated Press.

An official bulletin was released tonight  in connection with the death of Prince John, youngest son of King George V and Queen Mary:

"Prince John, who since infancy has suffered epileptic fits, which lately had become more frequent and severe, passed away in his sleep following an attack at 5:30 P.M. Saturday."

Prince John was born at Sandringham on July 12, 1905.  He was "possessed of exuberant spirits, was the prime favorite of all classes, and the ideal of servants and tenants at Windsor."   He was said to be Princess Mary's favorite brother. The princess loved to "romp with him."

The young prince never "enjoyed robust health," but "no illness had been permitted to come out to interfere with the strenuous work" performed by the King and Queen.    He was educated at home and rarely appeared at court functions.  He was not present with his brothers, Princes Henry and George, at the recent festivities in honor of President Wilson. 

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