Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece

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Macmillan, Jun 16, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 477 pages

"In 1953, at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Alice was dressed from head to foot in a long gray dress and a gray cloak, and a nun's veil. Amidst all the jewels, and velvet and coronets, and the fine uniforms, she exuded an unworldly simplicity. Seated with the royal family, she was a part of them, yet somehow distanced from them. Inasmuch as she is remembered at all today, it is as this shadowy figure in gray nun's clothes..."

Princess Alice, mother of Prince Phillip, was something of a mystery figure even within her own family. She was born deaf, at Windsor Castle, in the presence of her grandmother, Queen Victoria, and brought up in England, Darmstadt, and Malta.

In 1903 she married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and from then on her life was overshadowed by wars, revolutions, and enforced periods of exile. By the time she was thirty-five, virtually every point of stability was overthrown. Though the British royal family remained in the ascendant, her German family ceased to be ruling princes, her two aunts who had married Russian royalty had come to savage ends, and soon afterwards Alice's own husband was nearly executed as a political scapegoat.

The middle years of her life, which should have followed a conventional and fulfilling path, did the opposite. She suffered from a serious religious crisis and at the age of forty-five was removed from her family and placed in a sanitarium in Switzerland, where she was pronounced a paranoid schizophrenic. As her stay in the clinic became prolonged, there was a time where it seemed she might never walk free again. How she achieved her recovery is just one of the remarkable aspects of her story.

 

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Vickers's portrait of Princess Alice of Greece reveals a woman whose life was both tragic and courageous. A great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and mother to Prince Phillip of Great Britain, Alice ... Read full review

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Very thorough and sensitive to family. The lineage charts at back are a must. Knew royals were intertwined but not to this extent. Bravo for Prince William for bring in fresh bloodline, and non German, to England. Read full review

Contents

The Infant Princess
1
The Battenbergs
5
Early Days
14
Growing Up
29
Alice with Queen Victoria
41
Falling in Love
49
The Wedding
60
The Greek Royal Family
65
Alice Itinerant
245
Philip and Andrea
257
Recovery and Tragedy
268
Separate Ways
276
Return to Greece
281
Greece under Occupation
292
Alice in Germany
301
Philips Engagement
317

Political Intrigue
77
The First Balkan War
93
The Murder of King George
105
The First World War
111
The First Exile
124
Veering towards Religion
140
The Birth of Prince Philip
151
The Greeks in Defeat
161
Alices Royalist Plots
172
Family Life
185
Descent into Crisis
195
Tegel and Kreuzlingen 1930
204
Kreuzlingen 1931
225
Escape
238
Philips Wedding
326
The Sisterhood
333
The Coronation of Elizabeth II
341
The Reign of King Paul
349
India and Bahrain
364
The Reign of King Constantine
378
Alice at the Palace
387
The Burial of Alice
399
Notes
407
Bibliography
445
Family Trees
449
Index
459
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Hugo Vickers was born in 1951 and educated at Eton and Strasbourg University. His books include Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough; Cecil Beaton; Vivien Leigh; Loving Garbo; Royal Orders; The Private World of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; and The Kiss, which won the 1996 Stern Silver Pen for Non-fiction. He is an acknowledged expert on the royal family, appears regularly on television, and has lectured all over the world. Hugo Vickers and his family divide their time between London and a manor house in Hampshire.

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