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Princess Helena of the United Kingdom

Princess Helena of the United Kingdom VA CI GCVO GBE RRC (Helena Augusta Victoria;[1] 25 May 1846 – 9 June 1923) was the
Princess Helena
third daughter and fifth child ofQueen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Princess Christian of Schleswig-
Helena was educated by private tutors chosen by her father and his close friend and adviser, Baron Stockmar. Her childhood was spent Holstein
with her parents, travelling between a variety of royal residences in Britain. The intimate atmosphere of the royal court came to an end
on 14 December 1861, when her father died and her mother entered a period of intense mourning. In the early 1860s, Helena began a
flirtation with Prince Albert's German librarian, Carl Ruland. Although the nature of the relationship is largely unknown, Helena's
romantic letters to Ruland survive.[2] After the Queen found out in 1863, she dismissed Ruland, who returned to his native Germany.
Three years later, on 5 July 1866, Helena married the impoverished Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein. The couple remained in
Britain, in calling distance of the Queen, who liked to have her daughters nearby, and Helena along with her youngest sister, Princess
Beatrice, became the Queen's unofficial secretary. However, after Queen Victoria's death on 22 January 1901, Helena saw relatively
little of her surviving siblings.

Helena was the most active member of the royal family, carrying out an extensive programme of royal engagements. She was also an
active patron of charities, and was one of the founding members of the British Red Cross. She was founding president of the Royal
School of Needlework, and president of the Workhouse Infirmary Nursing Association and the Royal British Nurses' Association. As
president of the latter, she was a strong supporter of nurse registration against the advice of Florence Nightingale.[3] She became the
first member of her family to celebrate her 50thwedding anniversary in 1916, but her husband died a year later. Helena outlived him by
six years, and died aged 77 atSchomberg House on 9 June 1923. Princess Helena, c. 1910
Born 25 May 1846
Buckingham Palace, London
Died 9 June 1923 (aged 77)
Contents Schomberg House, London
Early life Burial 15 June 1923
Death of Prince Albert St George's Chapel,
Marriage Windsor Castle
Marriage controversy 28 October 1928
Engagement and wedding Royal Burial Ground,
Married life Frogmore
Activities Spouse Prince Christian of
Nursing
Schleswig-Holstein
Needlework
(m. 1866; d. 1917)
Writing
Bergsträsser affair Issue Prince Christian Victor
more...
After Victoria Albert, Duke of Schleswig-
Edwardian period Holstein
Later years
Princess Helena Victoria
Legacy
Princess Marie Louise
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles Full name
Honours Helena Augusta Victoria
Arms
House Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Issue
Father Prince Albert of Saxe-
Ancestry
Coburg and Gotha
Notes
Mother Victoria, Queen of the
References
United Kingdom
External links

Early life
Helena was born at Buckingham Palace, the official royal residence in London, on 25 May 1846, the day after her mother's 27th birthday.[4] She was the third daughter and fifth child of
the reigning British monarch, Queen Victoria, and her husband Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Albert reported to his brother, Ernest II, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha,
that Helena "came into this world quite blue, but she is quite well now".[5] He added that the Queen "suffered longer and more than the other times and she will have to remain very quiet
to recover."[6] Albert and Victoria chose the names Helena Augusta Victoria. The German nickname for Helena was Helenchen, later shortened to Lenchen, the name by which members
of the royal family invariably referred to Helena.[7] As the daughter of the sovereign, Helena was styled Her Royal Highness The Princess Helena from birth. Helena was baptised on 25
July 1846 at the private chapel at Buckingham Palace.[8] Her godparents were theHereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the Queen's cousin-in-law; the Duchess of Orléans (for
whom the Queen's mother theDuchess of Kent stood proxy); and theDuchess of Cambridge.[9]

Helena was a lively and outspoken child, and reacted against brotherly teasing by punching the bully on the nose.[10] Her early talents included drawing. Lady Augusta Stanley, a lady-in-
-old Helena's artwork.[7]
waiting to the Queen, commented favourably on the three-year

Like her sisters, she could play the piano to a high standard at an early age. Other interests included science and technology, shared by her father Prince Albert, and horseback riding and
boating, two of her favourite childhood occupations.[11] However, Helena became a middle daughter following the birth of Princess Louise in 1848, and her abilities were overshadowed
by her more artistic sisters.[12]
Death of Prince Albert
Helena's father, Prince Albert, died on 14 December 1861. The Queen was devastated, and ordered her household, along with her daughters, to
move from Windsor to Osborne House, the Queen's Isle of Wight residence. Helena's grief was also profound, and she wrote to a friend a month
later: "What we have lost nothing can ever replace, and our grief is most, most bitter ... I adored Papa, I loved him more than anything on earth, his
."[13]
word was a most sacred law, and he was my help and adviser ... These hours were the happiest of my life, and now it is all, all over

The Queen relied on her second eldest daughter Princess Alice as an unofficial secretary, but Alice needed an assistant of her own. Though Helena
was the next eldest, she was considered unreliable by Victoria because of her inability to go long without bursting into tears.[14] Therefore, Louise
was selected to assume the role in her place.[15] Alice was married to Prince Louis of Hesse in 1862, after which Helena assumed the role—
described as the "crutch" of her mother's old age by one biographer—at her mother's side.[16] In this role, she carried out minor secretarial tasks,
.[17]
such as writing the Queen's letters, helping her with political correspondence, and providing her with company

Princess Helena (right) with Marriage


her brother Prince Alfred.
Helena was Alfred's
favourite sister. Portrait by
Marriage controversy
Franz Xaver Winterhalter.
Princess Helena began an early flirtation with her father's former librarian, Carl Ruland, following his appointment to the Royal Household on the
recommendation of Baron Stockmar in 1859. He was trusted enough to teach German to Helena's brother, the young Prince of Wales, and was
described by the Queen as "useful and able".[18] When the Queen discovered that Helena had grown romantically attached to a royal servant, he was promptly dismissed back to his native
Germany, and he never lost the Queen's hostility.[19]

Following Ruland's departure in 1863, the Queen looked for a husband for Helena. However, as a middle child, the prospect of a powerful alliance
with a European royal house was low.[20] Her appearance was also a concern, as by the age of fifteen she was described by her biographer as
chunky, dowdy and double-chinned.[21] Furthermore, Victoria insisted that Helena's future husband had to be prepared to live near the Queen, thus
keeping her daughter nearby.[22] Her choice eventually fell on Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein; however, the match was politically
awkward, and caused a severe breach within the royal family
.

Schleswig and Holstein were two territories fought over between Prussia and Denmark during the First and Second Schleswig Wars. In the latter,
Prussia and Austria defeated Denmark, but the duchies were claimed by Austria for the Prince Christian's family. However, following the Austro-
Prussian War, in which Prussia invaded and occupied the duchies, they became Prussian, but the title Duke of Schleswig-Holsteinwas still claimed
by Prince Christian's family.[23]

The marriage, therefore, horrifiedKing Christian IX of Denmark's daughter, Alexandra, Princess of Wales, who exclaimed: "The Duchies belong to
Papa."[24] Alexandra found support in her husband, his brother Prince Alfred, and his second sister, Princess Alice, who openly accused her mother
[25] Alice also argued that it would reduce the alreadylow popularity of her sister, the
of sacrificing Helena's happiness for the Queen's convenience.
Crown Princess of Prussia, at the court in Berlin.[26] However, and unexpectedly, the Crown Princess, who had been a personal friend of Christian's Princess Helena and Prince
[24]
family for many years, ardently supported the proposed alliance. Christian, part of a series of
photographs following their
Despite the political controversies and their age difference—he was fifteen years her senior—Helena was happy with Christian and was determined engagement in 1865
to marry him.[27] As a younger son of a non-reigning duke, the absence of any foreign commitments allowed him to remain permanently in Britain
—the Queen's primary concern—and she declared the marriage would go ahead.[28] Helena and Christian were actually third cousins in descent
from Frederick, Prince of Wales. Relations between Helena and Alexandra remained strained, and Alexandra was unprepared to accept Christian (who was also a third cousin to
Alexandra in descent from King Frederick V of Denmark) as either a cousin or brother-in-law.[29] The Queen never forgave the Princess of Wales for accusations of possessiveness, and
wrote of the Waleses shortly afterwards: "Bertie is most affectionate and kind but Alix [pet name for Alexandra] is by no means what she ought to be. It will be long, if ever, before she
regains my confidence."[30]

Engagement and wedding


The engagement was declared on 5 December 1865, and despite the Prince of Wales's initial refusal to attend, Princess Alice intervened, and the wedding was a happy occasion.[31] The
Queen allowed the ceremony to take place at Windsor Castle, albeit in the Private Chapel rather than the grander St George's Chapel on 5 July 1866. The Queen relieved her black
mourning dress with a white mourning cap which draped over her back.[32] The main participants filed into the chapel to the sound of Beethoven's Triumphal March, creating a spectacle
only marred by the sudden disappearance of Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, who had a sudden gout attack. Christian filed into the chapel with his two supporters, Prince Edward of
Saxe-Weimar and Prince Frederic of Schleswig-Holstein, and Helena was given away by her mother, who escorted her up the aisle with the Prince of Wales and eight bridesmaids.[33]
Christian looked older than he was, and one guest commented that Helena looked as if she was marrying an aged uncle. Indeed, when he was first summoned to Britain, he assumed that
[34] The couple spent the first night of their married life atOsborne
the widowed Queen was inspecting him as a new husband for herself rather than as a candidate for one of her daughters.
House, before honeymooning inParis, Interlaken and Genoa.[35]

Married life
Helena and Christian were devoted to each other, and led a quiet life in comparison to Helena's sisters.[36] Following their marriage, they took up residence at Cumberland Lodge in
Windsor Great Park, the traditional residence of the Ranger of Windsor Great Park, the honorary position bestowed on Christian by the Queen. When staying in London, they lived at the
Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace.[37] The couple had six children:Christian Victor in 1867, Albert in 1869, and Helena Victoria and Marie Louise in 1870 and 1872 respectively. Their
last two sons died early; Harald died eight days after his birth in 1876, and an unnamed son was stillborn in 1877. Princess Louise, Helena's sister, commissioned the French sculptor Jules
Dalou to sculpt a memorial to Helena's dead infants.[38]

The Christians were granted a parliamentary annuity of £6000 a year, which the Queen requested in person.[39] In addition, a dower of £30,000 was settled upon, and the Queen gave the
couple £100,000, which yielded an income of about £4000 a year.[40] As well as that of Ranger of Windsor Park, Christian was given the honorary position of High Steward of Windsor,
and was made a Royal Commissioner for the Great Exhibition of 1851. However, he was often an absentee figurehead at the meetings, instead passing his time playing with his dog
Corrie, feeding his numerouspigeons, and embarking on hunting excursions.[41]
Helena, as promised, lived close to the Queen, and both she and Beatrice performed duties for her. Beatrice, whom Victoria had groomed for the
main role at her side, carried out the more important duties, and Helena took on the more minor matters that Beatrice did not have time to do.[42] In
later years, Helena was assisted by her unmarried daughter, Helena Victoria, to whom the Queen dictated her journal in the last months of her
life.[43]

Helena's health was not robust, and she was addicted to the drugs opium and laudanum.[44] However, the
Queen did not believe that Helena was really ill, accusing her of hypochondria encouraged by an indulgent
husband.[45] Queen Victoria wrote to her daughter the Crown Princess of Prussia, complaining that Helena
was inclined to "coddle herself (and Christian too) and to give way in everything that the great object of her
doctors and nurse is to rouse her and make her think less of herself and of her confinement".[46] Not all of
her health scares were brought on by hypochondria; in 1869, she had to cancel her trip to Balmoral Castle
when she became ill at the railway station. In 1870, she was suffering from severe rheumatism and problems
with her joints. In July 1871, she suffered from congestion in her lungs, an illness severe enough to appear
in the Court Circular, which announced that her illness caused "much anxiety to members of the royal
Princess Helena
family".[47] In 1873, she was forced to recuperate in France as a result of illness, and in the 1880s she
travelled to Germany to see anoculist for her eyes.[48]

Activities Prince Christian of


Schleswig-Holstein

Nursing
Helena had a firm interest in nursing, and was the founding chair of the Ladies' Committee of the British Red Cross in 1870, playing an active role in recruiting nurses and organising
relief supplies during the Franco-Prussian War. She subsequently became President of the British Nurses' Association (RBNA) upon its foundation in 1887. In 1891, it received the prefix
"Royal", and received the Royal Charter the following year.[49] She was a strong supporter of nurse registration, an issue that was opposed by both Florence Nightingale and leading
public figures.[49] In a speech Helena made in 1893, she made clear that the RBNA was working towards "improving the education and
status of those devoted and self-sacrificing women
whose whole lives have been devoted to tending the sick, the suffering, and the dying".[50] In the same speech, she warned about opposition and misrepresentation they had encountered.
Although the RBNA was in favour of registration as a means of enhancing and guaranteeing the professional status of trained nurses, its incorporation with the Privy Council allowed it to
[50]
maintain a list rather than a formal register of nurses.

Following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the new queen, Alexandra, insisted on replacing Helena as President of the Army Nursing
Service.[51] This gave rise to a further breach between the royal ladies, with King Edward VII caught in the middle between his sister and his
wife.[52] Lady Roberts, a courtier, wrote to a friend: "matters were sometimes very difficult and not always pleasant." However, in accordance with
rank, Helena agreed to resign in Alexandra's favour, and she retained presidency of the Army Nursing Reserve.[51] Though thought to be merely an
artefact created by society ladies,[53] Helena exercised an efficient and autocratic regime—"if anyone ventures to disagree with Her Royal Highness
she has simply said, 'It is my wish, that is sufficient.'"[54]

The RBNA gradually went into decline following the Nurses Registration Act 1919; after six failed attempts between 1904 and 1918, the British
parliament passed the bill allowing formal nurse registration.[55] What resulted was the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), and the RBNA lost
membership and dominance. Helena supported the proposed amalgamation of the RBNA with the new RCN, but that proved unsuccessful when the
RBNA pulled out of the negotiations.[53] However, she remained active in other nursing organisations, and was president of the Isle of Wight,
Windsor and Great Western Railway branches of the Order of St. John. In this position, she personally signed and presented many thousands of
certificates of proficiency in nursing.[56]

Florence Nightingale,
Needlework against whom Helena
promoted nurse registration
Helena was also active in the promotion of needlework, and became the first president of the newly established School of Art Needlework in 1872;
in 1876, it acquired the "royal" prefix, becoming the Royal School of Needlework. In Helena's words, the objective of the school was: "first, to
revive a beautiful art which had been well-nigh lost; and secondly, through its revival, to provide employment for gentlewomen who were without means of a suitable livelihood."[56] As
with her other organisations, she was an active president, and worked to keep the school on an even level with other schools. She personally wrote to Royal Commissioners requesting
money; for example, in 1895, she requested and acquired £30,000 for erecting a building for the school in South Kensington.[57] Her royal status helped its promotion, and she held
Thursday afternoon tea parties at the school for society ladies, who wanted to be seen in the presence of royal personages such as Princess Helena. When the Christmas Bazaar was held,
.[58]
she acted as chief saleswoman, generating long queues of people anxious to be served personally by her

Helena was anxious to help children and the unemployed, and began hosting free dinners for their benefit at the Windsor Guildhall. She presided over two of these dinners, in February
and March 1886, and over 3,000 meals were served to children and unemployed men during the harsh winter that year.[58] Through her charitable activities, she became popular with the
people; a contemporary author, C. W. Cooper, wrote that "the poor of Windsor worshipped her".[59]

Writing
Among Helena's other interests was writing, especially translation. In 1867, when the first biography of her father, the Prince Consort was written, the author, Sir Charles Grey, notes that
the Prince's letters were translated (from German to English) by Helena "with surprising fidelity".[60] Other translations followed, and in 1887 she published a translation of The Memoirs
of Wilhelmine, Margravine of Bayreuth. It was noted by the Saturday Review that Helena wrote an English version that was thoroughly alive, with a sound dictionary translation and a high
accuracy in spirit.[61] Her final translation was undertaken in 1882, on a German booklet called First Aid to the Injured, originally published by Christian's brother-in-law. It was
republished several times until 1906.[62]

Bergsträsser affair
A copyright issue arose after the publication of letters written by Helena's sister, Princess Alice. In Germany, an edition of Alice's letters was published in 1883, by a Darmstadt clergyman
called Carl Sell, who chose a selection of her letters made available to him by the Queen. When it was done, Helena wrote to Sell and requested permission to publish the German text into
English, and it was granted, but without the knowledge of the publisher Dr Bergsträsser. In December 1883 Helena wrote to Sir Theodore Martin, a favoured royal biographer, informing
him that Bergsträsser was claiming copyright of Alice's letters, and on that basis was demanding a delay in the publication of the English edition. Martin acted as an intermediary between
Helena and Bergsträsser, who claimed to have received many offers from English publishers, and that the chosen one would expect a highhonorarium.[63]

Bergsträsser was persuaded to drop his demand for a delay in publishing, and modify his copyright claims in return for a lump sum. However, the Queen and Helena refused, claiming that
the copyright belonged to the Queen, and that only Sell's original preface was open to negotiation. The royal ladies considered Bergsträsser's claims "unjustified if not impertinent", and
would not communicate with him directly.[64] Eventually, Bergsträsser came to Britain in January 1884, willing to accept £100 for the first 3,000 copies and a further £40 for each
subsequent thousand copies sold.[64] Martin chose the publisher John Murray, who after further negotiations with Bergsträsser, printed the first copies in mid-1884. It sold out almost
immediately; but for the second edition, Murray replaced Sell's biographical sketch of Princess Alice with the 53-page memoir written by Helena. The problem of royalties to Sell was
[65]
thus avoided, and that Helena gave her name to the memoir to her sister attracted greater interest in the book.

After Victoria

Edwardian period
Helena's favourite son, Prince Christian Victor, died in 1900, followed shortly by her mother, Queen Victoria, at Osborne House on 22 January 1901. The new King, Edward VII, did not
have close ties with his surviving sisters, with the exception of Princess Louise. Helena's nephew, Prince Alexander of Battenberg (later Marquess of Carisbrooke) recorded that Queen
Alexandra was jealous of the royal family, and would not invite her sisters-in-law to Sandringham.[66] Moreover, Alexandra never fully reconciled herself to Helena and Christian
following their marriage controversy in the 1860s.[67]

Helena saw relatively little of her surviving siblings, and continued her role as a support to the monarchy and a campaigner for the many charities she represented.[68] She and Christian
led a quiet life, but did carry out a few royal engagements. On one such occasion, the elderly couple represented the King at the silver wedding anniversary, in 1906, of Kaiser Wilhelm II
(Helena's nephew) and his wife Augusta Victoria (Christian's niece).[68] During the Edwardian period, Helena visited the grave of her son, Prince Christian Victor, who died in 1900
following a bout with malaria while serving in the Second Boer War. She was met by South African Prime Minister Louis Botha, but Jan Smuts refused to meet her, partly because he was
concentration camp.[69]
bitter that South Africa had lost the war and partly because his son had died in a British

Later years
King Edward died in 1910, and the First World War began four years after his death. Helena devoted her time to nursing, and her daughter, Princess Marie Louise, recorded in her
memoirs that requests for news of loved ones reached Helena and her sisters. It was decided that the letters should be forwarded to Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden, as Sweden was
neutral during the war. It was during the war that Helena and Christian celebrated their golden wedding anniversaryin 1916, and despite the fact that Britain andGermany were at war, the
Kaiser sent a congratulatory telegram to his aunt and uncle through the Crown Princess of Sweden.[70] King George V and Queen Mary were present when the telegram was received, and
the King remarked to Helena's daughter, Marie Louise, that her former husband, Prince Aribert of Anhalt, did her a service when he turned her out. When Marie Louise said she would
[71]
have run away to Britain if she was still married, the King said, "with a twinkle in his eye", that he would have had to intern .her

In 1917, in response to the wave of anti-German feeling that surrounded the war, George V changed the family name from Saxe-Coburg
and Gotha to Windsor. He also disposed of his family's German titles and styles, so Christian, Helena and their daughters simply became
Prince and Princess Christian; Princess Helena Victoria and Marie Louise with no territorial designation. Helena's surviving son, Albert,
fought on the side of the Prussians, though he made it clear that he would not fight against his mother's country.[72] In the same year, on 8
October, Prince Christian died at Schomberg House. Helena's last years were spent arguing with Commissioners, who tried to turn her out Princess Helena's grave at Frogmore
of Schomberg and Cumberland Lodge because of the expense of running her households. They failed, as clear evidence of her right to live (second from left) in the Schleswig-
in those residences for life was shown.[73] Holstein burial plot

Princess Helena, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, died at Schomberg House on 9 June 1923.[74] Her funeral, described as a
"magnificently stage-managed scene" by her biographer Seweryn Chomet, was headed by King George. The regiment of her favourite son, Prince Christian Victor, lined the steps of St.
George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Although originally interred in the Royal Vault at St George's on 15 June 1923, her body was reburied at the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore, a few
miles from Windsor, after its consecration on 23 October 1928.[75]

Legacy
Helena was devoted to nursing, and took the lead at the charitable organisations she represented. She was also an active campaigner, and wrote letters to newspapers and magazines
promoting the interests of nurse registration. Her royal status helped to promote the publicity and society interest that surrounded organisations such as the Royal British Nurses'
Association. The RBNA still survives today with Aubrey Rose as president.[76] Emily Williamson founded the Gentlewomen's Employment Association in Manchester; one of the
projects which came out of this group was the Princess Christian rTaining College for Nurses, inFallowfield, Manchester.

In appearance, Helena was described by John Van der Kiste as plump and dowdy; and in temperament, as placid, and business-like, with an authoritarian spirit. On one occasion, during a
National Dock Strike, the Archbishop of Canterbury composed a prayer hoping for its prompt end. Helena arrived at the church, examined her service sheet, and in a voice described by
her daughter as "the penetrating royal family whisper, which carried farther than any megaphone", remarked: "That prayer won't settle any strike."[10] Her appearance and personality was
ictoria, and biographers followed her example.[77] However, Helena's daughter, Princess Marie Louise, described her as:
criticised in the letters and journals of Queen V

very lovely, with wavy brown hair, a beautiful little straight nose, and lovely amber-coloured eyes ... She was very talented: played the piano exquisitively, had a distinct
, had a wonderful head for business. ...[78]
gift for drawing and painting in water-colours ... Her outstanding gift was loyalty to her friends ... She was brilliantly clever

Music was one of her passions; in her youth she played the piano with Charles Hallé, and Jenny Lind and Clara Butt were among her personal friends.[10] Her determination to carry out a
wide range of public duties won her widespread popularity.[79] She twice represented her mother at Drawing Rooms, where guests were instructed to present themselves to Helena as if
they were presenting themselves to the Queen.[80]

Helena was closest to her brother, Prince Alfred, who considered her his favourite sister.[81] Though described by contemporaries as fearfully devoted to the Queen, to the point that she
did not have a mind of her own, she actively campaigned for women's rights, a field the Queen abhorred.[82] Nevertheless, both she and Beatrice remained closest to the Queen, and
-old journal.[83]
Helena remained close to her mother's side until the latter's death. Her name was the last to be written in the Queen's seventy-year
Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles


25 May 1846 – 5 July 1866:Her Royal Highness The Princess Helena
5 July 1866 – 17 July 1917:Her Royal Highness Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein
17 July 1917 – 9 June 1923:Her Royal Highness Princess Christian
Princess Helena's coat
of arms (1858–1917)
Honours
[84]
1 January 1878: Companion of the Order of the Crown of India
29 April 1883: Member of the Royal Red Cross[10]
23 March 1896: Lady of Justice of the Venerable Order of St John[85]
10 February 1904: Member 2nd class of the Royal Family Order of King Edward VII
3 June 1911: Member 2nd class of the Royal Family Order of King George V
.[86]
3 June 1918: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Member 1st class of theRoyal Order of Victoria and Albert

Arms
In 1858, Helena and the three younger of her sisters were granted use of the royal arms, with an inescutcheon of the shield of Saxony, and differenced by a label of three points argent. On
George V.[87]
Helena's arms, the outer points bore rosesgules, and the centre bore a cross gules. In 1917, the inescutcheon was dropped by royal warrant from

Issue
Prince and Princess Christian had six children, four of whom lived to adulthood. They had one grandchild, Valerie Marie zu Schleswig-Holstein, who died in 1953 as their final
descendant.

Name Birth Death Notes


Prince Christian 14 April 29 October
His mother's favourite son; died unmarried and without issue while serving in the Boer War
Victor[88] 1867 1900
28
27 April Succeeded as head of the House of Oldenburg in 1921; had one illegitimate daughter, Valerie
Prince Albert February
1931 Marie zu Schleswig-Holstein
1869
Princess Helena 13 March Never married. One of her last public appearances was at the wedding of the future Queen
3 May 1870
Victoria 1948 Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Princess Marie 12 August 8
December Married 1891; Prince Aribert of Anhalt; no issue; marriage was dissolved in 1900
Louise[89] 1872
1956
[89] 12 May 20 May
Prince Harald Died an infant at eight days old
1876 1876
An unnamed
7 May 1877 7 May 1877 Stillborn
stillborn son

Ancestry
Ancestors of Princess Helena of the United Kingdom[90][91][92]
16. Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
8. Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
17. Duchess Sophie Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
4. Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
18. Heinrich XXIV, Count of Reuss-Ebersdorf
9. Countess Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorf
19. Countess Karoline Ernestine of Erbach-Schönberg
2. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
20. Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
10. Augustus, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
21. Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen
5. Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
22. Frederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg
11. Duchess Louise Charlotte of Mecklenburg-
Schwerin
23. Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
1. Princess Helena of the
United Kingdom
24. Frederick, Prince of Wales
12. George III of the United Kingdom
25. Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha
6. Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
26. Charles Louis Frederick, Duke of Mecklenburg-Mirow
13. Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
27. Princess Elizabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen
3. Victoria of the United Kingdom
28. Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (= 16)
14. Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (= 8)
29. Duchess Sophie Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (= 17)
7. Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
30. Heinrich XXIV, Count of Reuss-Ebersdorf (= 18)
15. Countess Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorf (= 9)
31. Countess Karoline Ernestine of Erbach-Schönberg (= 19)

Notes
1. When King George V dropped the royal family'sGerman names, styles and titles in 1917, the couple simply becamePrince and Princess Christianwith no territorial
designation.
2. Chomet, p. 6
3. Chomet, p. 121
4. Chomet, p. 9
5. Bennet, p. 89
6. Quoted in Chomet, p. 10
7. Chomet, p. 11
8. "No. 20626" (https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/20626/page/2754). The London Gazette. 28 July 1846. p. 2754.
9. "No. 20627" (https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/20627/page/2789). The London Gazette. 30 July 1846. p. 2789.
10. Van der Kiste, John. "Princess Helena" (http://www.oxforddnb.com/index/41/101041067/). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
11. Chomet, p. 10
12. Chomet, p. 12
13. Packard, p. 101
14. Packard, p. 102
15. Packard, p. 103
16. Packard, p. 104
17. Dennison, p. 204
18. Chomet, p. 17
19. Chomet, p. 19
20. Chomet, p. 37
21. Packard, p. 99
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