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 Princess Andrew of Greece & Denmark  

 

Alice & Prince Andrew on their wedding day

 

Alice, Princess Andrew of Greece & Denmark

by Philip de László in 1907

 

Alice & Prince Andrew

of Greece & Denmark

Alice and Prince Andrew were married in a civil ceremony on 6th October 1903 at Darmstadt, Hesse. The following day, two religious wedding services were performed: a Lutheran ceremony in the Evangelical Castle Church, and then in the Greek Orthodox ceremony in the the St. Mary Magdalene Russian Chapel, on the Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Hesse.  Upon marriage Alice became known as Princess Andrew of Greece & Denmark and by marriage was elevated to the style of Royal Highness.  As the couple were related to the Royal Houses of Greece, Denmark, Britain, Germany and Russia, the wedding was one of the last great gatherings of European royalty pre-World War I. 

Alice and Prince Andrew had 5 children - 

  • Princess Margarita of Greece & Denmark (1905-1981).  She was the first great-great grandchild of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901).  In 1931, she married - Prince Gottfried, 8th Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1897-1960) who was her second cousin, once removed, both being descended from Queen Victoria.  She died in 1981 at Langenburg, Baden-Württemberg.

  • Princess Theodora of Greece & Denmark (1906-1969).  She married in 1931 - Berthold, Margrave of Baden (1906-1963), who was her second cousin. Princess Theodora died just 5 weeks before her own mother.  

  • Princess Cecilie of Greece & Denmark (1911-1937).  She married in 1931 - Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus 'Don', Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse (1906-1937), who was her first cousin once removed.  On 16th November 1937, Princess Cecilie and her husband were killed in an aircraft crash, with several members of their family near Ostend, Belgium.  They were flying to England for the wedding of Prince Louis, The Prince of Hesse & By the Rhine (1908-1968) to The Hon. Margaret 'Peg' Geddes (1913-1997).

  • Princess Sophie of Greece & Denmark (1914-2001).  She married (1) in 1930 - Prince Christoph of Hesse (1901-1943), who was her second cousin once removed.  Prince Christoph was a director in the Third Reich's Ministry of Air Forces, Commander of the Air Reserves, and held the rank of Oberführer in the Nazi’s SS (Schutzstaffel), who was killed in an aircraft accident near Forli, Italy during World War II. Princess Sophie married (2) in 1946 - Prince George William of Hanover (1915-2006), who was her third cousin - being a grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), and who was also first cousin once removed to her first husband.

  • Prince Philip of Greece & Denmark (b.1921) who married in 1947 - Princess Elizabeth, who later succeeded as Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-    ).  He became a naturalised British citizen and took the surname 'Mountbatten'.  In 1947 he was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth & Baron Greenwich  with the qualification of Royal Highness.  In 1957, he was created a Prince of the United Kingdom.  Through Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901), Prince Philip and The Queen are third cousins, however through King Christian IX of Denmark (1818-1906) they are second cousins once removed.  Prince Philip is currently the oldest living great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901).

 

Prince Andrew & Alice with their 5 children

In May 1908, Alice visited Russia for a family wedding. Whilst there she got the opportunity to discuss religious matters with her aunt - Grand Duchess Elizabeth 'Ella' Feodorovna of Russia, formerly Princess Elizabeth of Hesse & By the Rhine, later canonised as Holy Martyr Elizabeth Feodorovna (1864-1918).  

The widowed Grand Duchess sold off her jewels and other possessions to enter a fully spiritual life as a nun. With the proceeds she founded a convent in Moscow and did much to help the poor and homeless. Her aunt clearly had a substantial effect on Alice - which she was never to forget.  

 

The insignia of The Royal Red Cross (RRC)

 

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna

(Princess Elizabeth of Hesse & By the Rhine)

On return to Greece, Alice and Prince Andrew found the political situation increasingly difficult which led to Prince Andrew leaving the Greek Army.  At the start of the Balkan Wars in 1912, Prince Andrew was reinstated in the Army and Alice became a nurse and set up field hospitals for the wounded soldiers.  For her selfless service, King George V (1865(1910-1936) awarded Alice the Royal Red Cross (RRC).