Princess Alice of Battenberg

Feb 25, 1885 - Dec 5, 1969

Princess Alice of Battenberg was the mother of Prince Philip and mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II.
A great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, she was born in Windsor Castle and grew up in Great Britain, Germany and Malta. A Hessian princess by birth, she was a member of the Battenberg family, a morganatic branch of the House of Hesse-Darmstadt. She was congenitally deaf. After marrying Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark in 1903, she adopted the style of her husband, becoming Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark. She lived in Greece until the exile of most of the Greek royal family in 1917. On returning to Greece a few years later, her husband was blamed in part for the country's defeat in the Greco-Turkish War, and the family was once again forced into exile until the restoration of the Greek monarchy in 1935.
In 1930, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to a sanatorium in Switzerland; thereafter, she lived separately from her husband. After her recovery, she devoted most of her remaining years to charity work in Greece.
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“They tell me that you don't hear the shot that kills you and in any case I am deaf. So, why worry about that?”

Princess Alice of Battenberg
Feb 25, 1885 - Dec 5, 1969
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