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A Brief History of a Deaf Princess

Updated on March 29, 2012

Princess Alice of Battenberg

Princess Alice born on February 25, 1885 to the full name of Princess Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julie Marie. Alice was the first born daughter of Princess Victoria and the first great-grandchild to Queen Victoria.

Princess Alice was not by any means the only deaf royal in those times. There were several others but Princess Alice is much more famous because she held such a pivotal role in WWI. Her husband, Andrew, began their marriage as the Prince of Greece. Their wedding is considered to be the last large gathering of royals since WWI. In 1917 Prince Andrew became King Andrew when his brother King Constantine refused to support the Allies in the war and was abdicated. After Andrew led Greece in to the fight WWI was soon over and so Constantine took over the throne again.

Constantine soon lead a campaign against Turkey. During this time Princess Alice's father passed away. Alice rushed to London to be with her family, she took her youngest child, Philip, with her. As Alice was out of country the Turks had demolished the Greek army. When she returned she found the people of Greece blamed the royal family for the defeat. They had all been imprisoned on the charge of treason.

Alice spent many a night trying to appease the the kings and queens of Europe. She wrote letter after letter asking them to help her save her husbands life. Eventually her wish was granted and her husband was freed. Their life did not improve too much after this though. The family found themselves living in squalor in France. Eventually all of Alice's children grew and began to marry away. Alice also felt that her and her husband were growing apart, they were simply too different.

Alice and Andrew decided they needed to live separately. Andrew moved to a party city in southern France while Alice moved to a small Greek island where she decided to found a Nunnery. When WWII erupted Alice was visiting Athens. Her family begged her to leave and she eventually did but only after much fighting. Her son Prince Philip eventually married Princess Elizabeth, who later became the Queen of England. In 1969 Princess Alice died in Buckingham Palace at the age of 84.

Although Alice was never queen she did have a key part in WWI. She showed great perseverance in learning not only spoken English but German and Greek as well. Living the tumultuous life of a royal in a war torn Europe she showed how much strength a deaf person can have.


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      Tim 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Cool hub! I don't think I have ever heard of her story before!

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Very interesting, thanks for sharing