Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg with family
Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg (1884-1966), fourth and youngest daughter of Prince Alfred of Edinburgh and his wife, Maria Alexandrovna (later Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg), shown here with her husband, Alfonso, 5th Duke of Galliera (1886-1935) and her three sons, from left, Alonso (1912-1936), Ataulfo (1913-1974) and Alvaro, 6th Duke of Galliera (1910-1997). Known as 'Baby Bea' in the family, she married King Alfonso XIII's cousin but refused to convert to Catholicism. Alfonso was compelled to take away his cousin's army commission and titles. After spending time at homes in Coburg and Switzerland, the couple returned to Spain in 1912 where Beatrice aggravated tensions between Alfonso and his wife Queen Ena (Beatrice's cousin), openly flirting with the king and allegedly procuring mistresses for him. Eventually, she was ordered to leave Spain once more, although she did return, bravely remaining behind in 1931 after the proclamation of the Spanish Second Republic, to look after the King's elderly aunt.
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Presentation of Certificates to Kent/178 Birchington VAD
Lord Harris (4th Baron Harris, 1851-1932) speaking at Quex Park on the occasion of the presentation of certificates to members of the Birchington VAD Kent/178 on 11 June 1920. As Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, he he was a prominent figure in the County during the War, particularly as the Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Camden, was away on war service. Behind Lord Harris sits Hannah Powell-Cotton and beyond her is her husband, Major PHG Powell-Cotton. ) Major Powell-Cotton's journal for the day records 'saw about tent going up, arranged route for nurses etc., put up Aunt Sally, arranged sites for tables etc.,... saw Girl Guides got their job all right. Folk arrived, about 142, did Museum, started teas soon after 4, over 100 sat down at once, Girl Guides waited well, a good tea, coffee, lemonade & ices. Lord Harris arrived by Granville (train), he had tea in Library, I got Guides, nurses etc. together, he presented certs. & spoke nicely of Thanet & Nurses in particular, then round garden & Museum & cold suppoer, all went well, weather nice & no hitches.' The Quex Park VAD Hospital opened on 15 October 1914 and closed on 31 January 1919. The hospital was run by Kent/178, the Birchington Detachment. The Commandant was Hannah Powell-Cotton (1881-1964), wife of Major Percy HG Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) of Quex Park, founder of the Powell-Cotton Museum. Date: 1920
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Queen Elizabeth II's close relatives
The Queen's close relatives: royal ladies near to her majesty. Clockwise from top left: H.R.H. The Duchess of Gloucester, aunt of the Queen; H.R.H. The Princess Royal, another aunt of the Queen; H.R.H. Princess Margaret, the Queen's sister; H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent, an aunt of the Queen; and in the middle, The Queen Mother.
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