Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A betrothal for Wilhelmina

May 18, 1899

By special cable to the New York World and Chicago Tribune:

The Frankfurter Zeiting "announces in certain court circles" the engagement of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands to Prince Alexander of Teck is "believed imminent."

HSH Prince Alexander Augustus Frederick William Alfred George of Teck is the fourth child and third son of Prince Franz, Duke of Teck, and Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge.   He was born at Kensington Palace on April 14, 1874.  His mother is a first cousin to Queen Victoria.

The Prince, who is known as Alge, has three older siblings,  Mary, who is married to Prince George, Duke of York, second in line to the British throne,  Prince Adolphus, whose wife is the former Lady Margaret Grosvenor, daughter of the Duke of Westminster, and Prince Francis, who is unmarried.

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