Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom

Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom

Member of the British Royal Family and Daughter of Queen Victoria
Born Apr 14, 1857

The Princess Beatrice was a member of the British Royal Family. She was the fifth daughter and youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Juan Carlos, King of Spain, is her great-grandson. Beatrice has the distinction of being the last of Victoria's children to die, 66 years after the first, Beatrice's sister, Princess Alice.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom.


She was christened in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace on 16 June 1857. … Read More


1871 14 Years Old 1 More Event
…  After 1871, when the last of Beatrice's elder sisters married, Queen Victoria came to rely upon her youngest daughter, who had declared from an early age: "I don't like weddings at all. … Read More
1873 16 Years Old After the Emperor's death in 1873, Queen Victoria and Empress Eugénie formed a close attachment, and the newspapers reported the imminent engagement of Beatrice to the Prince Imperial. … Read More


1878 21 Years Old After the death of the Prince Imperial, Beatrice's brother, Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, suggested that she marry their sister Alice's widower, Louis IV, the Grand Duke of Hesse, who had lost his wife to diphtheria in 1878. … Read More
1879 22 Years Old …  She was attracted to the Prince Imperial and there was talk of a possible marriage, but he was killed in the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879. Beatrice fell in love with Prince Henry of Battenberg, the son of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine and Julia von Hauke and brother-in-law of her niece Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine. After a year of persuasion, Queen Victoria agreed to the marriage, which took place at Whippingham on the Isle of Wight on 23 July 1885. … Read More
1885 28 Years Old Beatrice and Henry were married at Saint Mildred's Church at Whippingham, near Osborne, on 23 July 1885. … Read More
1886 29 Years Old …  Despite suffering a miscarriage in the early months of her marriage, Beatrice gave birth to four children: Alexander, called "Drino", was born in 1886; Ena in 1887; Leopold in 1889 and Maurice in 1891. … Read More


1895 38 Years Old Despite misgivings, the Queen consented, and Henry and Beatrice parted on 6 December 1895; they would not meet again. … Read More
1896 39 Years Old On 22 January 1896, Beatrice, who was waiting for her husband at Madeira, received a telegram informing her of Henry's death two days earlier. … Read More


1901 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Beatrice remained at her mother's side until Queen Victoria died on 22 January 1901. … Read More
1906 49 Years Old …  Nonetheless, the couple wed on 31 May 1906. … Read More


1913 56 Years Old During her time as Queen of Spain, Ena returned many times to visit her mother in Britain, but always without Alfonso and usually without her children. Meanwhile, Beatrice lived at Osborne Cottage in East Cowes until she sold it in 1913, when Carisbrooke Castle, home of the Governor of the Isle of Wight, became vacant. … Read More
1914 57 Years Old Her presence at court further decreased as she aged. Devastated by the death of her favourite son, Maurice, during the First World War in 1914, she began to retire from public life. … Read More


1936 79 Years Old Even in her seventies, Beatrice continued to correspond with her friends and relatives and to make rare public appearances, such as when, pushed in a wheelchair, she viewed the wreaths laid after the death of George V in 1936.
1941 84 Years Old She published her last work of translation in 1941. … Read More
1944 88 Years Old There, Beatrice died peacefully in her sleep on 26 October 1944, aged eighty-seven (the day before the 30th anniversary of her son, Prince Maurice's death). … Read More
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