Prince Louis of Hesse and by Rhine, his wife Princess Alice, children: Princesses Victoria, Elisabeth and Irene and Prince Ernest Louis, visiting Prince Louis’ family, 1860s.

  • Queen Victoria marrying Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (February 10, 1840)
  • Victoria, Princess Royal, on her wedding day to Prince Frederick William of Prussia. later Emperor Frederick III of Germany (January 25, 1858)
  • Princess Alice on her wedding day to Prince Louis of Hesse, later Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse (July 1, 1862)
  • Princess Helena on her wedding day to Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (July 5, 1866)
  • Princess Louise on her wedding day to John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne, later Duke of Argyll (March 21, 1871)
  • Princess Beatrice on her wedding day to Prince Henry of Battenberg (July 23, 1885)

30 Day Romanov Challenge

Day 4: Favourite Hesse Relative

Princess Alice & Princess Victoria

For me it is simply impossible to pick one out of these two ladies. I think they were two of the best representatives royal families ever had, although they have somewhat been forgotten in History books. They were deeply cultured, they were genuinely interested in acquiring knowledge and they committed themselves wholeheartedly to everything they were involved with. I believe they were two of the brightest members of royalty and one of the most extraordinary things about them is how humble they were about it. As Princess Victoria once said:

“What will live in history is the good work done by the individual & that has nothing to do with rank or title … I never thought I would be known only as your mother. You’re so well known now and no one knows about me, and I don’t want them to.”

From left: Princess Alice, Prince Arthur, Prince Consort Albert, the Prince of Wales Albert Edward (the future Edward VII), Prince Leopold, Princess Louise, Queen Victoria with Princess Beatrice on her lap, Prince Alfred, Princess Victoria and Princess Helena. 1857.