Beatrice
Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore


≈Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
b. 14 April 1857, d. 26 October 1944
Residence - Osborne Cottage, Whippingham, Isle of Wight

H.R.H. Married Henry Maurice Prinz von Battenberg on 23 July 1885.

issue:
Alexander Albert Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke
b. 23 Nov 1886, d. 23 Feb 1960

Victoria Eugénie Julia Ena Prinzessin von Battenberg
b. 24 Oct 1887, d. 15 Apr 1969

Major Lord Leopold Arthur Louis Mountbatten
b. 21 May 1889, d. 23 Apr 1922

Maurice Victor Donald Prinz von Battenberg
b. 3 Oct 1891, d. 27 Oct 1914
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Beatrice’s father, the Prince Consort died when she was just four years old, and thereafter Beatrice's chief role was as the comfort and companion of her mother. She acted as Queen Victoria's secretary until her death in 1901. Indeed, the Queen only gave her consent to Beatrice's marriage to Prince Henry of Battenberg on condition that the couple made their home with her. Before she died, the Queen requested that Beatrice edit her journals and diaries before they were archived and published. This task took Beatrice thirty years, transcribing the text in her own handwriting and burning the originals.

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Almost immediately, Victoria turned to her youngest child as her sole confidant. Victoria's aim was to keep Beatrice at her side at all times, and managed to snuff out an affair that could have happened between Beatrice and Louise Napoleon when Beatrice was 16 years old. She would have to wait a further 11 years before she found her love match in Prince Henry of Battenberg. They meet at a family wedding and quickly fell in love, but Victoria was violently opposed to the engagement, and it took eight months of arguments for Victoria to finally to relent and allow her daughter to marry. The only condition was that they should always live with her in Britain. Henry, who was from a poor German royal family, was only too happy to agree to this. Over the next few years, their only activity was producing children. Unfortunately, Beatrice was to pass on the hemophiliac gene to her sons, and her daughter, Victoria, who became a carrier, too, introduced the gene into the Spanish royal family. Prince Henry persuaded the Queen to let him leave the country with an expedition to Ashanti in Ghana; he was never to return, as he contracted fatal malaria while in Africa. Beatrice continued a quiet life living in Osborne Palace on the Isle of Wight, and maintained her role as the Queen's confidant. This was something her elder brother, Edward, could never forgive her for, for he felt as the future King, it should have been him who his mother turned to. Consequently, on her death Edward made it difficult for Beatrice to stay at Osborne Palace, and she had to live in a cottage on the estate. She ended her days in bad health, a constant sufferer of rheumatism, and died in 1944.




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Beatrice Prince Henry of Battenberg with their bridesmaids and others

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Beatrice,Queen Victoria, Helena of Schleswig-Holstein, breakfast in Nice with Indian servants, 1895

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