.. At first sight one could perhaps detect a resemblance to Grand Duchess Tatiana.”, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, sister of the murdered Emperor, commented on the visit of Princess Irene, saying it was an unsatisfactory meeting, but the woman’s supporters said that Princess Irene had not known her niece very well and all the rest of it.”. Her sister Victoria was the grandmother of the Duke of Edinburgh and lived a long life. Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine was the third daughter of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, and Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and by Rhine. Learn more about royalty, past and present here and share your thoughts on our forums. Part I. September 29, 1276: Birth of Christopher II, King of Denmark. When apprised of the matter, Wilhelm’s father King Gustaf V had no choice but to acquiesce with his daughter-in-law’s wish, which was perfectly valid in law, and ordered that the imperial style be used invariably for Maria. (Read more here — Unofficial Royalty: Hemophilia in Queen Victoria’s Descendants), Prince Henry with his wife, Princess Irene, and their two surviving sons Waldemar and Sigismund; Credit – Wikipedia. The autobiography tells of how Maria, like her aunt and namesake Maria, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, felt that she had married beneath herself in marrying a younger son of the King of Sweden, and this caused problems of ego between the couple. Prince Wilhelm was the second son of King Gustaf V of Sweden and his wife Victoria of Baden. The marriage produced three sons. Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, Princess Heinrich of Prussia. All content copyright Unofficial Royalty 2018.

Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and by Rhine, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich, Friedrich III, German Emperor and King of Prussia, Victoria, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, Unofficial Royalty: Hemophilia in Queen Victoria’s Descendants, Unofficial Royalty Current Monarchies Websites. Her brother Ernie died in 1937, followed just weeks later by the horrific plane crash which took the lives of Ernie’s widow, his elder son, daughter-in-law and grandsons. Heinrich’s mother, Empress Victoria, was fond of Irene. Wilhelm’s mother, the Queen Victoria of Sweden, was an old friend of both Irene and Elisabeth. L-R: Ernie, Alix, Nicholas II, Irene, Heinrich, Ella, Serge, Victoria, and Louis. Repeated and independent DNA tests confirmed that the remains were the seven members of the Romanov family, and proved that none of the Emperor’s four daughters survived the shooting of the Romanov family.


Irene and her sisters were separated during World War I, with the others being on opposite sides and, for the most part, unable to communicate with each other. However, Empress Victoria was shocked because Irene did not wear a shawl or scarf to disguise her pregnancy when she was pregnant with her first son, the haemophiliac Prince Waldemar, in 1889. L-R: Ernie, Alix, Nicholas II, Irene, Heinrich, Ella, Serge, Victoria, and Louis. Meanwhile, in Prussia, her brother-in-law (and first cousin) Kaiser Wilhelm II, was forced to abdicate, bringing an end to the Prussian monarchy. When Anna Anderson surfaced in Berlin in the early 1920s, claiming to be the surviving Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Irene visited the woman, but decided that Anderson could not be her niece that she had last seen in 1913. Grand Duchess Maria later wrote that Irene pressured her to go through with the marriage when she had doubts. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Irene and her husband gained the nickname “The Very Amiables” because of their quiet, unassuming manner. Change ). However, suffering from this condition, it was certain the young Prince would die. Many years later, Anderson’s claim was proven false thanks to DNA evidence. Yes, Irene was the lesser known sister. More losses would come in the following years. It did not match that of the Duke of Edinburgh or that of the bones, confirming that Anderson was not related to the Romanovs. Although Irene surely held hope that one of her nieces had survived the family’s execution, she quickly found Anderson to be a fake. Just to clarify something… The two colorized pictures are Irene’s older sister Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna Romanova (neé Hesse-Darmstadt), Thanks for the clarification!
In 1884, the same year that her elder sister Victoria married Prince Louis of Battenberg, another sister, Elisabeth, married Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, and when Elisabeth converted from Lutheranism to Russian Orthodoxy, in 1891, Irene was deeply upset. Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1864–1918) Despite the disagreement that she had over the conversion of her two sisters to Russian Orthodoxy, she remained close with all of her siblings. Very interesting sisters.

In the months following the toddler’s death, Alice frequently took her children to his grave to pray and was melancholy on anniversaries associated with him. ( Log Out /  Change ). The above photo shows the siblings with their spouses, gathered in Darmstadt in 1903 for the wedding of Princess Alice of Battenberg. Princess Irene’s siblings included Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, wife of Prince Louis of Battenberg (the maternal grandmother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and mother-in-law of king Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden), Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia, wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, Ernst-Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, wife of Empress Nicholas II of Russia. Irene’s ties to her sisters were disrupted by the advent of World War I, which put them on opposing sides of the war. On February 25, 1904, Princess Irene left 4 year old Prince Heinrich unsupervised for a few minutes while she went to fetch something. Prince Sigismund was the only one of the three brothers who did not have the hemophilia. Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine (Irene Luise Marie Anne, Princess of Hesse and by Rhine, July 11, 1866 – November 11, 1953) was the third child and third daughter of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom and Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine.

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