Princess Helena of the United Kingdom

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Princess Helena
Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein
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Princess Helena with her husband Prince Christian of Schleswig Holstein in 1865.
Born(1846-05-25)25 May 1846
Buckingham Palace, London
Died9 June 1923(1923-06-09) (aged 77)
Schomberg House, London
SpousePrince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein
(m. 1866– died 1917;
IssuePrince Christian Victor
Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
Princess Helena Victoria
Princess Marie Louise
Prince Harald
Full name
Helena Augusta Victoria
HouseHouse of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (by birth)
House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (by marriage)
FatherPrince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
MotherQueen Victoria

The Princess Helena (Helena Augusta Victoria: Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein by marriage; 25 May 1846 – 9 June 1923) was the third daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Helena was interested in nursing, needlework and writing, and she founded several nursing hospitals. In 1866, she married Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, a minor German prince with very little money, and they lived near Queen Victoria in the United Kingdom. After Victoria's death in 1901, Helena and Christian lived in London and Windsor. Prince Christian died in 1916, shortly after their 50th wedding anniversary, and Helena died six years later in 1923 and was buried in Frogmore Garden Windsor beside her husband .

References[change | change source]

  • Chomet, Seweryn, Helena: A princess reclaimed (Begell House, New York, 1999) ISBN 1-56700-145-9
  • Marie Louise (Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein), My Memories of Six Reigns (Second edition, Penguin, Middlesex, 1959)
  • Packard, Jerrold M., Victoria's Daughters (St Martin's Griffin, New York, 1998) ISBN 0-312-24496-7

Other websites[change | change source]

  • ‘Helena, Princess [Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein] (1846–1923)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 22 Feb 2008