Battenberg family, 1906
Prince Louis of Battenberg, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven with his wife, Princess Victoria of Hesse, their four children, their son-in-law and two grandchildren. From left (seated), Princess Louise (1889-1965), later Lady Louise Mountbatten and then Queen Louise of Sweden, Princess Victoria (1863-1950), Marchioness of Milford Haven holding her two grand-daughters, Princess Margarita (1905-1981) and Princess Theodora (1906-1969). Next to her is her eldest daugher (and mother of the two babies), Princess Alice of Battenberg, then Princess Andrew of Greece (1885-1969), mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Seated on the ground are Lord Louis Mountbatten (1900-1979) and George Mountbatten, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven (1892-1938). Standing is Prince Louis of Battenberg, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven (1854-1921) and his son-in-law, and husband of Alice, Prince Andrew of Greece (1882-1944). Date: 1906
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Princesses Alice and Vicky
Queen Victoria's two eldest daughters: on the right, Vicky, Princess Royal, Crown Princess, later Empress of Prussia (1840-1901) and Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse (1843-1878). This photograph, was taken in the mid-1860s, when the German countries declared war on Austria. Vicky's husband, Fritz commanded one of the three Prussian armies in the field, while Alice's husband Ludwig was a front line officer in the Hessian regiments. Despite this, the two sisters remained close.
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Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife and her sister Princess Maud
Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife, later Princess Arthur of Connaught (1891-1959) standing left, and, seated, Princess Maud (1893-1945). The daughters are in mourning for the Duke of Fife who died of pleurisy at Aswan on 29th January 1912. The Fifes were sailing to Egypt in December 1911 when their ship, the P&O liner, Delhi, hit a sandbank off Cape Trafalgar. The Fifes were among the last to leave the ship, and the ship's boat on which they were taken was swamped several times by waves; Princess Alexandra was washed over but a young engineer clung to her hand. Maud was also washed over closer to shore, and once all the passengers had struggled to the beach they had a five-mile walk to find shelter. After the trauma of such an event, the Duke developed a cough and fever which eventually led to his death. Date: 1912