Princess Athlone
Countess of Athlone
Princess Athlone
Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone was a member of the British Royal Family. She was the longest-lived Princess of the Blood Royal of the British Royal Family and the last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria.
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A Conversation With Martin Chalfie
NYTimes - over 7 years
Q. IS IT TRUE YOU SLEPT PAST THE PHONE CALL INFORMING YOU OF THE NOBEL PRIZE? A. It's true. You know, if you're fortunate enough to do good work, people do this terrible thing to you -- they start saying, ''Hey, you might get the Nobel Prize.'' Then, when the first week in October rolls around, you lose a little sleep. Last October, I didn't sleep
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Wendy Hiller, Spirited Actress, Dies at 90
NYTimes - almost 14 years
Dame Wendy Hiller, the distinguished English stage and screen actress who was George Bernard Shaw's choice to play two of his most famous heroines, Eliza Doolittle and Major Barbara, died on Wednesday at her home in Beaconsfield, England. She was 90. Dame Wendy's performances were celebrated for spirit and integrity, and she became a major film
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Jill Devine and Alexander Hornig
NYTimes - about 20 years
Jill Anne Devine, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dalies Devine of Lawrence, Kan., was married on Jan. 11 to Alexander Stuart Hornig, a son of Countess Francesca Paolozzi of New York and Barry D. Hornig of Los Angeles. The Rev. Thomas Cushman performed the ceremony at St. James' Episcopal Church in New York. Mrs. Hornig, 29, is an associate at Traub
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Review/Television; Life Is No Easier, but Tennison Soldiers On
NYTimes - about 24 years
Sequels can be treacherous, particularly when the original was something of an instant classic. Think of last year's "Prime Suspect," the "Mystery" mini-series, created and written by Lynda La Plante, that put into orbit the career of a gifted English actress named Helen Mirren. Now, there is "Prime Suspect 2," written by Allan Cubitt ("The
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TELEVISION VIEW; When Fiction Is More Real Than 'Reality'
NYTimes - about 24 years
Long a television staple but somewhat neglected in recent years amid the rush to half-hour sitcoms, crime drama has become prime time's most forceful link with reality, especially that of the contemporary urban scene. Fiction, it seems, can pack a more devastating wallop than the so-called "reality" shows like "Cops" that tend to be lopsided toward
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TV Weekend; Wendy Hiller as Countess With Past
NYTimes - about 24 years
Acting can sometimes be a miraculous profession. Wendy Hiller, who was 80 in August, has in the last year or so been doing some of the best work of her distinguished career. And "Masterpiece Theater" on public television has been a chief beneficiary. Earlier this season, there was "The Best of Friends," with John Gielgud and Patrick McGoohan. This
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 98
    Princess Alice lived on there until 1981, when she died at age 97 years and 313 days.
    More Details Hide Details At her death, she was the longest-lived British Princess of the Blood Royal and the last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria. The funeral of Princess Alice took place in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, attended by all members of the Royal Family. She is buried alongside her husband and son in the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore, directly behind the mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, in Windsor Great Park. Her daughter and son-in-law are also buried close by. She lived through six reigns: those of Queen Victoria (grandmother), Edward VII (uncle), George V (cousin and brother-in-law), Edward VIII (first cousin once removed and nephew), George VI (first cousin once removed and nephew) and Elizabeth II (first cousin twice removed and grand-niece). As a granddaughter of Queen Victoria in the male line, Princess Alice was entitled to use the Royal Arms, with a 5-point label as a difference, the central point bearing a cross gules, the others hearts gules.
  • 1966
    Age 83
    In 1966, Princess Alice published her memoirs, For My Grandchildren, narrating her life and royal duties and visits.
    More Details Hide Details The Earl of Athlone died in 1957 at Kensington Palace in London.
  • 1950
    Age 67
    In 1950, she became the first Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (then the University College of the West Indies).
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  • 1944
    Age 61
    In 1944, the Princess Alice Barracks Cabin at Britannia Bay provided a summer retreat for Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division personnel based in Ottawa.
    More Details Hide Details The cabin was located near the Britannia Boating Club's facilities for tennis, dancing and boating. Rented from the King's Daughter's Guild of Ottawa, the cabin featured 60 beds, a separate cookhouse and dining pavilion. The cabin, which had served previously as a Fresh Air Cottage for mothers and undernourished children, was rented from the King's Daughter's Guild of Ottawa. The war was brought close to home for the Athlones also because many of those belonging to displaced European royal families sought refuge in Canada and resided at or near the royal and viceroyal residence, Rideau Hall. Among the royal guests were Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha of Norway; Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Luxembourg; King Peter of Yugoslavia; King George of Greece; Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma (Austria) and her daughters; as well as Queen Wilhelmina and her daughter, Princess Juliana. Further, in December 1941, British prime minister Winston Churchill arrived at Rideau Hall, where he presided over British Cabinet meetings via telephone from his bed.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1943
    Age 60
    The viceregal couple also played host at Quebec City to prime minister Mackenzie King, as well as Churchill and United States president Franklin D. Roosevelt, who all gathered to take part in what would become known as the Quebec Conferences, with the first taking place between 17 and 24 August 1943 at the viceregal residence in La Citadelle, and the second occurring from 12 to 16 September 1944 at the Château Frontenac.
    More Details Hide Details Photos of the Earl with Roosevelt, Churchill and Mackenzie King on the ramparts of the Citadel during the Quebec Conference were widely published at the time. It was at these meetings that the four men discussed the Allied strategies that would eventually lead to victory over Nazi Germany and Japan. When Germany fell on 8 May 1945 and Japan on 15 August of the same year, Athlone led the national celebrations held on Parliament Hill and elsewhere. He thereafter spoke in speeches about Canada's future being marked not by war but by a strong role in reconstruction and reconciliation. During their time in Canada, the Athlones also supported various charitable and social events, and mounted a number of tobogganing parties and skating lessons on the grounds of Rideau Hall, as well as skiing in Gatineau Park. Before the couple departed from Canada at the end of Athlone's time as the King's representative, he left as a legacy the Athlone-Vanier Engineering Fellowship, awarded by the Engineering Institute of Canada.
  • 1940
    Age 57
    Princess Alice accompanied her husband to Canada where he served as Governor General from 1940 to 1946.
    More Details Hide Details Upon taking up his post, The Earl immediately made himself active in the support of the war effort, travelling across the country and focusing much of his attention on the troops, either those training at military facilities or those injured and in hospital. Viewing his position as governor general as a link between Canadians and their monarch, Athlone also communicated in speeches that the King stood with them in their fight against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. As vicereine of Canada, Princess Alice also supported the war effort by serving as Honorary Commandant of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service, Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division and president of the nursing division of the St. John Ambulance Brigade.
  • 1937
    Age 54
    With her husband, daughter and son-in-law, Princess Alice represented the King at the 1937 wedding of Juliana of the Netherlands to Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld.
    More Details Hide Details The Princess and her husband visited Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in the winter of 1938. She was the first British royal to visit the country and the only British royal to meet King Abdulaziz. Their nephew Lord Frederick Cambridge accompanied them in the visits. In Saudi Arabia Princess Alice visited Riyadh, Hofuf and Dammam, and met Noura bint Abdul Rahman, sister of the King and other members of the Saudi royal family.
  • FORTIES
  • 1931
    Age 48
    Despite the longstanding intention of Canadian governments to indigenise the office and appoint Canadian nationals as governors general — Australia had already done so with the appointment of Sir Isaac Isaacs as its governor general in 1931 — wartime seemed an unpropitious time for constitutional tinkering; the Royal Family had garnered vast public support during the Royal Tour of 1939; as Queen Mary's brother and a former governor general of another of His Majesty's Dominions (as they were then styled), Lord Athlone seemed a satisfactory candidate notwithstanding considerations of talent, and Mackenzie King advised the King to appoint him.
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  • 1924
    Age 41
    The Earl was appointed Governor-General of the Union of South Africa and served from 1924 to 1931: Princess Alice accompanied him and was the Vicereine during that period.
    More Details Hide Details Lord Athlone and Princess Alice had a coastal beach house constructed at Muizenberg, which still stands today and is one of South Africa's national monuments. The Cape Town suburb of Athlone was named in honour of the Governor-General and, apart from the beach house and the preserved Class GL Garratt steam locomotive Princess Alice in the Outeniqua Transport Museum, are the only physical reminders of the Athlones' residence at the Cape. She became a lifelong friend of the South African politician Bernard Friedman and the South African writer Thelma Gutsche. On the sudden death of the vastly popular John Buchan in 1940 Canada found itself without a Governor General in time of war.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1917
    Age 34
    She also held the titles of Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duchess in Saxony from birth, as well as a Princess of Teck by marriage, until 1917 when the British Royal Family ceased usage of German titles.
    More Details Hide Details She was godmother to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who is the granddaughter of her first cousin on her mother's side, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1904
    Age 21
    On 10 February 1904, at St George's Chapel, Windsor, Princess Alice of Albany married her second cousin once-removed, Prince Alexander of Teck, the brother of Princess Mary, the Princess of Wales (later Queen Mary, consort of George V).
    More Details Hide Details After their marriage, Princess Alice was styled HRH Princess Alexander of Teck. Prince and Princess Alexander of Teck had three children: Princess Alice was one of the carriers of the gene for haemophilia which originated with Queen Victoria. Princess Alice inherited the gene from her father who himself was a sufferer. When the British Royal Family abandoned all Germanic titles in 1917, Prince Alexander of Teck adopted the surname Cambridge, became (briefly) Sir Alexander Cambridge, then the Earl of Athlone, relinquishing the title "Prince of Teck" in the Kingdom of Württemberg and the style Serene Highness. As such, the two surviving children lost their Württemberg princely titles. Princess Alice relinquished her titles of Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duchess of Saxony, whilst her brother Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who held a commission in the German Army, was stripped of his British titles. Alice remained, however, a Princess of Great Britain and Ireland and a Royal Highness in her own right, as granddaughter of Queen Victoria in the male line.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1883
    Age 0
    She was baptised in the Private Chapel of Windsor Castle on 26 March 1883, and named Alice for her late paternal aunt.
    More Details Hide Details Her godparents were: Queen Victoria (her paternal grandmother); the German Empress (for whom Alice's paternal aunt Princess Beatrice stood proxy); William III, King of the Netherlands (her maternal uncle by marriage, for whom the Dutch Ambassador Count van Bylandt stood proxy); Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse (her namesake's widower and her paternal uncle by marriage, whose brother-in-law the Duke of Edinburgh represented him); the Princess of Waldeck-Pyrmont (her maternal grandmother); the Prince of Wales (her paternal uncle); the German Crown Princess (her paternal aunt, whose sister-in-law the Princess of Wales represented her); Prince Wilhelm of Württemberg (her maternal uncle by marriage, for whom his cousin the Duke of Teck stood proxy); the Hereditary Princess of Bentheim and Steinfurt (her maternal aunt, for whom her paternal aunt Princess Christian stood proxy); and the Duchess of Cambridge (an aunt of the Queen, whose daughter the Duchess of Teck represented her).
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