Princess Helena of the United Kingdom

Princess Helena of the United Kingdom

Princess of the United Kingdom; Nurse; Author
Born May 25, 1846

Princess Helena was a member of the British Royal Family, the third daughter and fifth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Helena was educated by private tutors chosen by her father and his close friend and adviser, Baron Stockmar. Her childhood was spent with her parents, travelling between the variety of royal residences in Britain.… Read More

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


Helena was baptised on 25 July 1846 at the private chapel at Buckingham Palace. … Read More
1848 2 Years Old However, Helena became a middle daughter following the birth of Princess Louise in 1848, and her abilities were overshadowed by her more artistic sisters.


1861 15 Years Old Helena's father, Prince Albert, died on 14 December 1861. … Read More
1862 16 Years Old Therefore, Louise was selected to assume the role in her place, 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. … Read More
1863 17 Years Old Following Ruland's departure in 1863, the Queen looked for a husband for Helena. … Read More
1865 19 Years Old 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. … Read More


1866 20 Years Old …  Three years later, on 5 July 1866, Helena married the impoverished German Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein. … Read More
1867 21 Years Old …  The couple had six children: Christian Victor in 1867, Albert in 1869, and Princesses Helena Victoria and Marie Louise in 1870 and 1872 respectively. … Read More
1869 23 Years Old …  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.
1870 24 Years Old In 1870, she was suffering from severe rheumatism and problems with her joints.
1871 25 Years Old 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 family". … Read More
1872 26 Years Old 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. … Read More


1882 36 Years Old …  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. … Read More
1883 37 Years Old 1 More Event
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 Dr. Carl Sell, who chose a selection of her letters made available to him by the Queen. … Read More


1887 41 Years Old Helena had a firm interest in nursing, and became President of the British Nurses' Association (RBNA) upon its foundation in 1887. … Read More


1900 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Helena's favourite son, Prince Christian Victor, died in 1900, followed shortly by her mother, Queen Victoria, at Osborne House on 22 January 1901. … Read More
1901 55 Years Old Following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the new Queen, Alexandra, insisted on replacing Helena as President of the Army Nursing Service. … Read More


1906 60 Years Old 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).
1916 70 Years Old It was during the war that Helena and Christian celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1916, and despite the fact that Britain and Germany were at war, the Kaiser sent a congratulatory telegram to his aunt and uncle through the Crown Princess of Sweden. … Read More
Princess Helena, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, died at Schomberg House on 9 June 1923. … Read More
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