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Old 01-03-2021, 07:38 AM
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On this day, 3rd January 1981: Death of Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone at aged 97. She was the last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria.

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What a long life the Princess had and to put it in context

'Princess Alice lived through six reigns and attended four coronations. She rode in the carriage procession for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and in the Silver Jubilee procession of Queen Elizabeth in 1977'

https://www.nytimes.com/1981/01/04/o...-victoria.html
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What a long life the Princess had and to put it in context

'Princess Alice lived through six reigns and attended four coronations. She rode in the carriage procession for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and in the Silver Jubilee procession of Queen Elizabeth in 1977'

https://www.nytimes.com/1981/01/04/o...-victoria.html
Yes as I mentioned in my post she was not only the last grandchild of queen Victoria but to this day holds the record of longest living member of the British royal family by blood. The queen has another three years to match her.

Before Alice the record was held by her husband’s aunt Princess Augusta of Cambridge. Elizabeth had surpassed Augusta by over a hundred days now.

Of course the top spots for longest British royals are held by Duchess of Gloucester, the queen mum and Philip but they all married in.
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Apologies to Countessmeout for double/repeated post and not reading your brilliant post and information before I submitted it!!!

Silly me!

I remembered reading about Princess Augusta of Cambridge in The Quest for Queen Mary written by James Pope-Hennessy and edited by Hugo Vickers. She was known to be close to Queen Mary, when growing up.

Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone was also mentioned in the book, as she was Queen Mary's sister-in-law. She was absolutely remarkable and I was really fascinated. Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone was also closed to The (1st) Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Both Princess Alice lived long.
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Wasn't her beautiful Diamond Palmette tiara sold off in the 80's?
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Wasn't her beautiful Diamond Palmette tiara sold off in the 80's?
Yes, sadly the beautiful tiara was auctioned off in 1984 by her daughter May.

https://www.katiecallahanandco.com/2...closed%20buyer.

It sold at Christy's for over 33,000.


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Apologies to Countessmeout for double/repeated post and not reading your brilliant post and information before I submitted it!!!

Silly me!

I remembered reading about Princess Augusta of Cambridge in The Quest for Queen Mary written by James Pope-Hennessy and edited by Hugo Vickers. She was known to be close to Queen Mary, when growing up.

Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone was also mentioned in the book, as she was Queen Mary's sister-in-law. She was absolutely remarkable and I was really fascinated. Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone was also closed to The (1st) Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Both Princess Alice lived long.

A photo of the two Alices together.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1a/27...ea54ca56a2.jpg


Definitely a fascinating lady. The history that she saw during her life time. And the people she met. While her and her husband were Governor-general of Canada, they mingled with a mix of royals and politicians of all forms during WWII.


A photo of her at the innaugeration of her first cousin once removed Queen Juliana (her mother and Queen Wilhemina's mother Emma were sisters)

https://twitter.com/RoyalArjan/statu...164357/photo/1
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On this day, 4th January 1931: Death of Louise, The Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife. She was the daughter of Edward VII and granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

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On this day, January 6, 1367 ~ Birth of King Richard II of England, son of Edward the Black Prince
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On this day, January 6, 1367 ~ Birth of King Richard II of England, son of Edward the Black Prince
At the time of his birth in Bordeaux he was the younger son of Edward, Prince of Wales, and Joan, Countess of Kent.
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On this day, January 6, 1999 ~ Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones' Engagement photocall

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Old 01-07-2021, 01:55 AM
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January 7, 1355 birth of Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...photo=42330429

He was born in Woodstock palace, where his name comes from. He was the son of Edward III and Philippa of Hainault. He was the youngest of 13 children (8 of whom reached adulthood). He was the 8th son, fifth who reached adulthood. His siblings included the Black Prince and John of Gaunt.

He was knight in 1377 at the age of 22 and created Earl of Buckingham. He would be made Duke of Aumale and of Gloucester in 1385.

In 1379 he went to Brittany to support John, Duke of Brittany. John was his former brother in law, married to his sister Mary. At the time he was married to Joan of Holland who was the stepdaughter of his brother Edward (Joan's mother was Edward's wife Joan of Kent). He returned in 1380 when John made peace with Charles VI of France, and his men ravaged with dyssentry, Thomas headed back to England.

Thomas's father had died in 1377 and had been succeeded by his grandson, Thomas' nephew Richard II. Edward had died in 1376 and his own eldest son had died in 1370, leaving Richard heir to his grandfather. Thomas though was a member of a group known as the Lords appellant.They sought to limit the power of Richard II.

They were successful in leading a rebellion in 1388. Richard though was slowly able to rebuild his power, aided greatly by the return of his Uncle, John of Gaunt who had been in Spain. In 1397 Richard was able to seize full control back and had the three top leaders of the lords arrested, which included Thomas. Thomas was imprisoned in Calais waiting for trial for treason.

He was murdered while imprisoned September 9, 1397. The men were led by the Duke of Norfolk on orders of Richard II. It caused a great deal of out cry in England and led to greater loss of popularity for Richard in England. Richard himself would die imprisoned in 1400, after being over thrown by his cousin Henry Bollingbroke (son of John).

He was buried originally in the tomb of St Edmund and St Thomas in Westminster abbey. 2 years later he was moved to the Chapel of St Edward the Confessor where his wife was buried next to him.


https://www.westminster-abbey.org/ab...-of-gloucester


Thomas had been married to Eleanor de Bohun in 1376. Eleanor was the daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford. Her father only had daughters, two of whom made it to adulthood. She was co-heiress with her sister Mary. Mary married Thomas' nephew, Henry Bolingbroke (future Henry IV ) and was mother of Henry V of England. Thomas was Earl of Essex through his father in law (Hereford and Northampton were eventually held by Henry IV).

The couple had five children but only one made it past 18 (their only son died at 18).

-Humphrey: succeeded his father as Earl of Buckingham but not Duke of Gloucester as the title was attained when his father was arrested. He died 2 years thought after his father. He had been taken into the household of Richard II when his father was killed, and Richard had taken him and Henry Monmouth to Ireland where he left them. When Richard was deposed, Henry sent for the return of his wife's nephew but Humphrey was ill and didn't survive the return.

-Anne: became soul heir to the family estates on the death of her brother, after one sister died and another became a nun. She was married three times. Her first husband Thomas Stafford, 3rd Earl of Stafford died after 2 years of marriage with no children. Her second husband was Thomas' younger brother Edmund who would succeed as 5th earl of Stafford (when another brother William who was 4th died). She had two children with Edmund who reached adulthood. Her third marriage was to William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu with whom she had a further 5 children.

-Joan: was married to Gilbert Talbot, 5th Lord Talbot (betrothed at 8). She seems to have died in childbirth in 1400.

-Isabel: became a nun.

-Philippa: died young.


Eleanor became a nun at Barking Abbey after the death of her husband. She died October 3, 1399 months after the death of her son.
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On this day, January 7, 1239 ~ Wedding of Eleanor of England, daughter of King John of England and Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl Leicester at Kings Chapel, Palace of Westminster
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January 7th,1536 – Death of Catherine of Aragon

Catherine died at Kimbolton Castle in Cambridgeshire aged 50.Catherine’s funeral took place on January 29th at Peterborough Abbey (now a cathedral) and was accorded the funeral of a Princess Dowager and not that of a queen.
The funeral Mass was presided over by the Bishops of Lincoln, Ely, and Rochester and the chief mourner was her niece in law ,Lady Eleanor Brandon the daughter of Catherine's ally and sister in law Mary Tudor ,Queen Dowager of France and Duchess of Suffolk. Catherine was buried at the lowest step of the high altar .Her burial was ransacked by Cromwell's troops in 1643 who reeked havoc on the cathedral but in the 19th century it was repaired and a new tomb was erected in her memory.



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On this day, January 8, 1864 ~ Birth of Albert Victor of Wales, son of King Edward VII
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11th of January 1372 -Death of Eleanor of Lancaster, Countess of Arundel


Eleanor was the daughter of of Henry Plantagenet, 3rd Earl of Lancaster and Maud Chaworth.Her father was a great grandson of of King Henry III of England and was related to the French and Navarrese royal houses from his mother Blanche de Artois. Eleanor married Richard Fitzalan, 3rd Earl of Arundel on the 5th of April 1345.
Eleanor died at Arundel and was buried firstly at Lewes Priory but following its dissolution the tomb was moved to Chichester Cathedral.




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January 12, 1974 death of Princess Patricia of Connaught.

I have always felt a special connection to her. Both my grandfathers officially served in her brigade in WWII (my paternal grandfather did in reality, my maternal only in name. After boot camp he was transferred to Black devil training).



She was born March 17, 1886 in London at Buckingham palace. Her father was Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. Her father was the third son and 7th of 9 children of Victoria and Albert. Her mother was Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia. She was the second daughter and youngest of three children of her parents. The eldest was her sister Margaret who would marry the future Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (she died before her husband came to the throne). Her brother Arthur married the Duchess of Fife.

Though called Patricia (or Patsy by her family) her full name was Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth. Patricia was chosen to honor that she was born on St Patrick's day. The other three were for her godmothers: Queen Victoria, Princess Helena (her paternal Aunt) and Princess Elisabeth of Prussia (her maternal Aunt). Her godfathers were Ernest II of Saxe-Coburg Gotha (her grandfather's brother), the future Wilhelm II (her first cousin), and Prince Albert of Prussia (mother's first cousin once removed).


in 1893 she was a bridesmaid at the wedding of the future George V and Queen Mary.

Her childhood was full of travel. She spent two years living in India when her father was stationed there with the army. In 1911 her father was appointed Govenor General of Canada and she moved with her parents here. Patricia was very popular during her time in Canada.

She appeared on the one dollar Dominion of Canada bank note in 1917.

https://writeroyalty.com/a-popular-p...on-a-banknote/

In 1918 Andrew Hamilton Gault raised the last private regiment in the British army and named it the Princess Patricia Light Infantry Brigade. She served as colonel in chief of her name sake, and designed their badge and colors. They would later perform at her wedding. She remained active as their colonel until the day she died. In 1974 she was succeeded in the position by Countess Mountbatten of Burma, her goddaughter and namesake.

Patricia was considered one of the most beautiful and elligible princesses of her time. She was considered as a bride for many royal men. Instead Patricia chose Alexander Ramsay. Not a royal, Alexander did come from the aristocracy, the 3rd son of the Earl of Dalhousie. Alexander was an aide-de-camp of her father.


The couple were married February 27, 1919 at Westminster abbey.





Her bridesmaids and page boys included:
-Princess Ingrid of Sweden: daughter of her sister Margaret (future Queen Ingrid of Denmark)
-Earl of MacDuff: her nephew, son of her brother Arthur
-Lady Ida and Jean Ramsay: nieces by marriage, daughter of Alexander's eldest brother Arthur, 14th Earl of Dalhousie
-Simon Ramsay: youngest son of Arthur Ramsay (he would eventually succeed his eldest brother as the 16th earl)
-Princess Mary: daughter of George V
-Princess Maude: daughter of Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife
-Lady Mary and Helen Cabridge, and Lady May Cambridge: the first two daughters of the Marquess of Cambridge, the third daughter of his brother the Earl of Althone)


By royal warrant Patricia was allowed to relinquish her royal titles on marriage. The royal warrant of 1919 named her Lady Victoria Patricia Ramsay and gave her precedence above the Marchionesses of the UK. It took effect on her marriage so she entered the church a princess, and left the daughter of a duke.

The couple took up eventual residence at Ribsden Holt, which had been a home of Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife at one time.



Though she relinquished her title she remained in succession and an active member of the family. She attended funerals and other events. She would walk in the procession with other royal princesses of the blood and in the carriages.

She was a gifted artist who was inspired by the works of Gauguin and Van Gough.


Her husband who was made a Knight Grand Cross of the RVO in 1938 (made knight commander in 1932) died in 1972 at their home of Ribsden Holt. Patricia died 15 months later at home as well, 8 weeks short of her 88th birthday. At the time she was the second last grandchild of Victoria, only out lived by Princess Alice, Countess of Althone. She was buried like her husband at the Frogmore burial ground.

The couple had one son together.

-Alexander Ramsay of Mar-Alexander inherited the Mar estates from his Aunt Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife (she was married to Patricia's brother Arthur). He married Flora Fraser, the daughter of Alexander Fraser, Lord Saltoun. His wife succeeded her father and is the current Lady Saltoun. The couple had three daughters, their oldest Katherine is heir to her mother's estate. Alexander died in 2000 at his estate. His wife is still seen at the odd royal event. She was at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and was listed among the family.

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It was sad there there was only Lady and Patricia and Princess Alice left by the early 70's of the surviving grandchildren of queen Victoria and Alice lived the longest.
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On this day, 13th January 2017: Death of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon. He was a British filmmaker and photographer who married Princess Margaret (1960-1978).
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On this day, January 13, 1883 ~ Birth of Prince Arthur of Connaught, son of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia
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On this day, January 15, 1478 ~ Wedding of Richard, Duke of York, son of King Edward IV of England, and Lady Anne Mowbray at St. Stephen's Chapel of the Palace of Westminster
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