Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (of the United Kingdom), Princess of the United Kingdom (1868 - 1935) MP

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Birthplace: Marlborough, House, London, England
Death: Died in Coppins, Iver, Bucks, England
Occupation: Princess of the United Kingdom
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About Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (of the United Kingdom), Princess of the United Kingdom

Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom

The Princess Victoria (Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary; 6 July 1868 – 3 December 1935), also called "Toria". Princess Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary of Wales was baptised with the name of Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. On 1917 her name was legally changed to Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary Windsor.

Parents: Edward VII of the United Kingdom (1841-1910) & Alexandra of Denmark (1844-1925).

Princess Victoria was a member of the British Royal Family, the fourth child and second daughter of Edward VII; the younger sister of George V.

Early Life

Princess Victoria was born on the 6 July 1868 at Marlborough House, London. Her father was Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Her mother was Alexandra, Princess of Wales (née Princess Alexandra of Denmark), the daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel). As the granddaughter of the British monarch, in the male-line, she was styled Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria of Wales. She was known to her family as Toria. She was christened at Marlborough House on 6 August 1868 by Archibald Campbell Tait, Bishop of London and her godparents were: her paternal grandmother Queen Victoria (for whom The Duchess of Cambridge stood proxy), The Emperor of Russia (for whom the Russian ambassador Philipp, Graf de Brunnow stood proxy), The Tsarevitch of Russia, The Prince Arthur (her paternal uncle), Prince Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine (her father's brother-in-law), Prince George of Hesse-Cassel (her mother's great-uncle), her mother's sister-in-law The Queen of Greece (for whom The Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz stood proxy), The Dowager Queen of Denmark, The Dowager Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the Queen's cousin Princess Francis of Teck and Princess Frederick Augustus of Anhalt-Dessau. Princess Victoria of Wales was educated by tutors and spent her childhood at Marlborough House and Sandringham. The Princess was particularly close to her brother, the future King George V.

Royal life

Although she had a number of suitors, Princess Victoria never married and as such bore no children. Her mother, Alexandra, is believed to have actively discouraged her from marrying. Instead she remained a companion to her parents, particularly her mother, with whom she lived until Queen Alexandra's death in 1925. The Princess then set up her own home at Coppins, Iver, in Buckinghamshire. She took a particular interest in the village life, becoming honorary president of the Iver Horticultural Society.

Later life

  • Princess Victoria died at home in December 1935. Her funeral took place at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle and she was buried at Frogmore Royal Burial Ground, Windsor Great Park. Her death greatly affected George V, who died one month later.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 6 July 1868 – 22 January 1901: Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria of Wales
  • 22 January 1901 – 3 December 1935: Her Royal Highness The Princess Victoria

Honors

  • Imperial Order of the Crown of India, 6 August 1887
  • Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem
  • Member First Class of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert
  • Member First Class of the Royal Family Order of King Edward VII
  • Member First Class of the Royal Family Order of King George V

Arms

Upon her younger sister's marriage in 1896, Princess Victoria was awarded a personal coat of arms, being the arms of the kingdom, bearing an inescutcheon of the shield of Saxony and differenced with a label argent of five points, the first, third and fifth bearing roses gules, and the second and fourth crosses gules.[2] The inescutcheon was dropped by royal warrant in 1917.

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Sources

  • "Princess Victoria, His Majesty's Sister, A Quiet Home Life," The Times, 4 December 1935, p. 18, column A.
  • Ronald Allison and Sarah Ridell, The Royal Encyclopedia (London: Macmillan, 1992).

References

  1. ^ Dimond, Frances (2008). "Princess Victoria". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  2. ^ Heraldica – British Royal Cadency http://www.heraldica.org/topics/britain/cadency.htm
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Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom's Timeline

1868
July 6, 1868
Marlborough, House, London, England
1935
December 3, 1935
Age 67
Coppins, Iver, Bucks, England
December 7, 1935
Age 67
Windsor, Berkshire, UK