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Old 07-06-2011, 12:11 PM
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Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1915-1980) (dau of Crown Prince Wilhelm)

Does anyone have any information about Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1915-1980)?
I know she was the daughter of Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia and that she had Downs Syndrome.
I'm interested to find out how her family reacted to her having a learning disability, as I know during that period people with disabilities were often placed in institutions out of public eye
I've read online that Alexandrine was institutionalised at some point and there aren't many photos of her taken after she was 20.
It would be interesting to find out more as the only royal I know of that was born with a disability was Prince John of the United Kingdom.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:01 PM
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Hello :)
I've heard that the family used to act very normal with her. I've got some old books from WWI-time, with pictures of her (and other childrens of the family) inside. You see from the 'young baby'-pics that she had Downs Syndrome, but her mother helds her normal and very proud. The family did send her to a school which cared about the development of disabled children with sports and art and so on.
The picture you show is from her confirmation in 1934.
I don't know if it's okay but I show a link to a postcards seller with some pictures. Please delete if not allowed! :)
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Very lovely is the one in which her brother is holding her on the lap.
If you understand german you can find information about her here: Preussen.de - Alexandrine
I have somewhere several pics of Alexandrine. She seemed to be a sweet little girl and a nice adult.
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I'd read somewhere that after the Crown princess died, Alexandrias siblings had her put into an institution, which I thought was rather sad.
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