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He was interred in the Pretoria cemetery on 1 November 1900.
More DetailsHide DetailsDuring his funeral, a Boer woman commented: "They are burying their Prince in British soil; the English intend to remain in this land." His grave is marked with a granite cross and a cast iron railing.
The Prince was a keen amateur cricketer, and played a single first-class match for I Zingari in 1897. He scored 35 and. In lesser cricket, he represented Wellington College and also founded his own eponymous cricket team.
Prince Christian Victor was the favourite grandson of Queen Victoria. There is a monument to him in the Chapel of the Crucifixion at Frogmore Mausoleum by Emil Fuchs. It was originally placed in St George's Chapel. Another monument dedicated to him also serves as a monument to the fallen officers, NCOs and Soldiers of the Devonshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire Regiment who lost their lives in the Boer War. This monument is located on Plymouth Hoe in Plymouth, outside the entrance to the Royal Citadel.
From 1899 he served as a staff officer in the Second Boer War being involved the relief of Ladysmith under General Sir Redvers Buller and later was with Lord Roberts in Pretoria.
He was also captain of the cricket team while at Magdalen College and at Sandhurst, and made a single first-class appearance, for I Zingari against Gentlemen of England in 1887, scoring 35 and. He remains the only member of the British royal family to play cricket at such a high level. "Christle" became a British Army officer in the 60th King's Royal Rifles in 1888.
Prince Christian was born on 14 April 1867, at Windsor Castle.
More DetailsHide DetailsHis father was Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, the third son of Christian Duke of Schleswig-Holstein Sonderburg-Augustenburg, and Countess Louise of Danneskjold-Samsøe. His mother was Princess Helena, the fifth child and third daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. His parents resided in the United Kingdom, at Cumberland Lodge, and the Prince was considered a member of the British Royal Family. Under letters patent of 1866, he was styled His Highness Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein.
The Prince, who was educated at Lambrook, Wellington College, Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, was commissioned in the 60th King's Royal Rifles in 1888 and served later in the 4th King's Royal Rifle Corps. He served at Hazara 1891, Mirzanai 1891, Ashanti 1895 and Nile 1898.
"Christle", as the Prince was known in the family, was the first member of the Royal Family to attend school instead of being educated by a tutor at home. That he studied at Wellington College made Queen Victoria very happy, as Prince Albert had helped to establish the institution many years before.
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