29/10/2022 · Mary, Landgravine of Hesse-Kassel (as British Princess) Louise of Great Britain, Queen of Denmark and Norway (as British Princess) Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales
In 1886, "May" (as she was known) was a debutante in her first season, and was introduced at court. Her status as the only unmarried British princess who was not descended from Queen Victoria made her a suitable candidate for the royal family's most eligible bachelor, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, her second cousin once removed and the eldest son of the Prince of Wales.
Family. Helen was born in Arolsen, capital of Waldeck principality, in Germany.She was the sister of Friedrich, last reigning Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont; Marie, the first wife of William II of Württemberg; and of Emma, Queen consort of William III of the Netherlands (and mother of Queen Wilhelmina).
Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel: 1797 1889 1818 Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge: Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld: 1786 1861 1818 Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn: Gained title by her second marriage. Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen: 1792 1849 1818 Prince William, Duke of Clarence and St Andrews
Following Alice's death, Queen Victoria resolved to act as a mother to her Hessian grandchildren. Princess Irene and her surviving siblings spent annual holidays in England and their grandmother sent instructions to their governess regarding their education and approving the pattern of their dresses.
The Prince's older sister, Victoria, Princess Royal (by then Crown Princess of Prussia), aided the Queen in drafting a list of potential brides, the fifth on the list being the thirteen-year-old Princess Alexandra of Denmark, the eldest daughter of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck (later King Christian IX of Denmark) and Louise of Hesse-Kassel.
of Hesse-Kassel 1820–1884: Alexandra of Russia 1825–1844: Konstantin of Russia 1827–1892: Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg 1830–1911: Olga of Russia 1822–1892: Charles I King of Württemberg 1823–1891 r.1864–1891: Maria of Russia 1819–1876: Maximilian Duke of Leuchtenberg 1817–1852 r.1835–1852: Peter of Oldenburg 1812–1881 ...