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.”
Grand Duchess Alice of Hesse and by the Rhine, nee Princess of the United Kingdom, and her children, Victoria, Elizabeth, Irene, Ernest Louis “Ernie” and a very grumpy looking Alix, later Empress of Russia
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.