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Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom

Princess Victoria
Princess Victoria
Full name
Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary
House House of Windsor
House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Edward VII
Mother Alexandra of Denmark
Born (1868-07-06)6 July 1868
Marlborough House, London
Died 3 December 1935(1935-12-03) (aged 67)
Coppins, Buckinghamshire
Burial Frogmore, Windsor
British Royalty
House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Edward VII
Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale
George V
Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife
Princess Victoria
Maud, Queen of Norway
Prince Alexander John of Wales
Grandchildren in the female-line
Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife
Princess Maud, Countess of Southesk

The Princess Victoria (Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary; 6 July 1868 – 3 December 1935), also called "Toria", was a member of the King George V.

Early life

Princess Victoria was born on 6 July 1868 at Marlborough House, London.[1] Her father was Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Her mother was Alexandra, Princess of Wales (née Princess Alexandra of Denmark), the eldest daughter of King Christian IXand Queen Louise of Denmark. As the granddaughter of the British monarch, in the male line, she was styled Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria of Wales. She was known to her family as Toria.

She was christened at Marlborough House on 6 August 1868 by Queen Olga of Greece (for whom the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz stood proxy), the Dowager Queen of Denmark, the Dowager Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the Queen's cousin Princess Francis of Teck and Princess Frederick of Anhalt.

Princess Victoria was educated by tutors and spent her childhood at King George V.

With her sisters, she was a bridesmaid at the 1885 wedding of Queen Mary) on 6 July 1893. [3]

Princess Victoria with her dog, Mac, taken by her mother

Royal life

Although she had a number of suitors, the most famous of them being King Carlos I of Portugal, Princess Victoria never married and had no children. Her mother, Alexandra, is believed to have actively discouraged her from marrying. Instead she remained a companion to her parents, particularly her mother, with whom she lived until Queen Alexandra's death in 1925. The Princess then set up her own home at Coppins, Iver, in Buckinghamshire. She took a particular interest in the village life, becoming honorary president of the Iver Horticultural Society.

Later life

Princess Victoria died at home on 3 December 1935. Her funeral took place on 7 December 1935 at Windsor Castle, where she was initially buried. Her remains were later moved and reburied at the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore, Windsor Great Park on 8 January 1936. Her death greatly affected George V, who died one month later.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Princess Victoria's coat of arms until 1917

Titles and styles

  • 6 July 1868 – 22 January 1901: Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria of Wales
  • 22 January 1901 – 3 December 1935: Her Royal Highness The Princess Victoria

Honours

Arms

Upon her younger sister's marriage in 1896, Princess Victoria was awarded a personal coat of arms, being the arms of the kingdom, bearing an inescutcheon of the shield of Saxony and differenced with a label argent of five points, the first, third and fifth bearing roses gules, and the second and fourth crosses gules.[4] The inescutcheon was dropped by royal warrant in 1917.

Ancestors

Sources

  • "Princess Victoria, His Majesty's Sister, A Quiet Home Life," The Times, 4 December 1935, p. 18, column A.
  • Ronald Allison and Sarah Ridell, The Royal Encyclopedia (London: Macmillan, 1992).

References

  1. ^ Dimond, Frances (2008). "Princess Victoria". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  2. ^ NPG: Prince and Princess Henry of Battenberg with their bridesmaids and others on their wedding day http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw145863/Prince-and-Princess-Henry-of-Battenberg-with-their-bridesmaids-and-others-on-their-wedding-day?LinkID=mp89748&role=art&rNo=2
  3. ^ "'The Duke and Duchess of York and Bridesmaids'".  
  4. ^ Heraldica – British Royal Cadency
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