The Hesse-Cassel and Greek royal families
The youngest daughters of Vicky, Princess Royal of Great Britain and Empress of Prussia, the Princesses Sophie and Margarete of Prussia with their husbands and children at Friedrichshof in 1904. Sophie is in the darker dress, standing beside her husband Constantine, Duke of Sparta. Margarete ('Mossy') is on the right, next to her husband Friedrich Karl of Hesse-Cassel. The children are, from the left, George of Greece (standing), Philipp of Hesse-Cassel, Helen of Greece, Maximilian of Hesse-Cassel, Paul of Greece (behind, in a dress), Wolfgang of Hsse-Cassel, directly in front of his elder brother Friedrich Wilhelm, Alexander of Greece in front of Richard of Hesse-Cassel and Christoph of Hesse-Cassel. Margarete was unusual in that out of her six sons, four of them were sets of twins.
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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
Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough with her two sons
Portrait of Consuelo Vanderbilt (1877 - 1964), American heiress and first wife of Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough. She married the duke in 1895 after being coerced into the marriage by her mother. After her divorce in 1920, she devoted much of her time to social welfare and was married again, to Colonel Jacques Balsan. Pictured here with her two sons, the Marquis of Blandford and Lord Ivor Charles Spencer-Churchill, The little boy in the right of the picture became the 10th Duke of Marlborough. Date: 1903
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