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The Princess Victoria (Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary; 6 July 1868 – 3 December 1935), also called "Toria", was a member of the British Royal Family, the fourth child and second daughter of Edward VII.

Early life

Princess Victoria was born on the 6 July 1868 at Marlborough Housemarker, Londonmarker. Her father was Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales , 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: Queen Victoria, The Emperor of Russia, The Tsarevitch of Russia, The Prince Arthur, Prince Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine, Prince George of Hesse-Kassel, The Queen of Greece, The Dowager Queen of Denmark, The Dowager Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, The Duchess of Teck and The Princess Friedrich of Anhalt-Dessau.

Princess Victoria of Wales was educated by tutors and spent her childhood at Marlborough Housemarker and Sandringhammarker. 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. 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, Ivermarker, 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 Chapelmarker, Windsor Castlemarker and she was buried at Frogmore Royal Burial Groundmarker, Windsor Great Parkmarker. 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


Honours





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. The inescutcheon was dropped by royal warrant in 1917.

Ancestors




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. Heraldica – British Royal Cadency



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