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Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, later Victoria Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven was the eldest daughter of Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine (1837–1892) and his first wife Princess Alice of the United Kingdom (1843–1878). Her mother died while her brother and sisters were still young, which placed her in an early position of responsibility over her siblings.
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  • 1950
    Age 86
    She fell ill with bronchitis (she had smoked since the age of sixteen) at her son Louis's home at Broadlands, Hampshire, in the summer of 1950.
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  • 1939
    Age 75
    Cecilie's youngest child, Johanna, who was not on the plane, was adopted by her uncle Prince Louis of Hesse and by Rhine but the little girl only survived her parents and older brothers by eighteen months, dying in 1939 of meningitis.
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  • 1937
    Age 73
    In 1937, Victoria's brother, Ernest Louis, died and soon afterwards her widowed sister-in-law, nephew, granddaughter and two of her great-grandchildren all died in an air crash at Ostend.
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  • 1930
    Age 66
    In 1930, her eldest daughter, Alice, suffered a nervous breakdown and was diagnosed as schizophrenic.
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  • 1921
    Age 57
    Victoria's husband died in London in September 1921.
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    In January 1921, after a long and convoluted journey, Elisabeth's body was interred in Jerusalem in Victoria's presence.
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  • 1914
    Age 50
    On her last visit to Russia in 1914, Victoria had driven past the very house in Yekaterinburg where Alix would be murdered.
    On the outbreak of war between Germany and Britain in 1914, Victoria and her daughter, Louise, were in Russia at Yekaterinburg.
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    Up until 1914, Victoria regularly visited her relatives abroad in both Germany and Russia, including her two sisters who had married into the Russian imperial family: Elisabeth, who had married Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, and Alix, who had married Emperor Nicholas II.
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  • 1906
    Age 42
    In 1906, she flew in a Zeppelin airship, and even more daringly later flew in a biplane even though it was "not made to carry passengers, and we perched securely attached on a little stool holding on to the flyer's back."
  • 1887
    Age 23
    They lived in a succession of houses at Chichester, Sussex, Walton-on-Thames, and Schloss Heiligenberg, Jugenheim. When Prince Louis was serving with the Mediterranean Fleet, she spent some winters in Malta. In 1887, she contracted typhoid but, after being nursed through her illness by her husband, was sufficiently recovered by June to attend Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee celebrations in London.
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  • 1884
    Age 20
    After a brief postponement because of the death of her maternal uncle, the Duke of Albany, Victoria married Prince Louis on 30 April 1884 at Darmstadt.
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  • 1882
    Age 18
    In the winter of 1882, they met again at Darmstadt, and were engaged the following summer.
  • 1878
    Age 14
    In early November 1878, Victoria contracted diphtheria.
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  • 1872
    Age 8
    In 1872, Victoria's eighteen-month-old brother, Friedrich, was diagnosed with haemophilia.
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  • 1870
    Age 6
    During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, military hospitals were set up in the palace grounds at Darmstadt, and she helped in the soup kitchens with her mother.
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  • 1866
    Age 2
    During the Prussian invasion of Hesse in June 1866, Victoria and Elisabeth were sent to England to live with their grandmother until hostilities were ended by the absorption of Hesse-Kassel and parts of Hesse-Darmstadt into Prussia.
  • 1863
    Born on April 5, 1863.
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