The Last Princess The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-27
  • Publisher: Griffin

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An engrossing biography of Queen Victoria's youngest daughter that focuses on her relationship with her willful mothera powerful and insightful look at two women of significant importance and influence in world history. Beatrice was the last child born to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Her father died when she was four and Victoria came to depend on her youngest daughter absolutely, and also demanded from her complete submission. Beatrice succumbed to her mother's obsessive love, so that by the time she was in her late teens she was her constant companion. Although Victoria tried to prevent Beatrice even so much as thinking of love, her guard slipped when Beatrice met Prince Henry of Battenberg. Sadly, Beatrice inherited the hemophilia gene from her mother, which she passed on to two of her four sons and which her daughter Victoria Eugenia, in marrying Alfonso XIII of Spain, in turn passed on to the Spanish royal family. This new examination will restore her to her proper prominenceas Queen Victoria's second consort.

Author Biography

Matthew Dennison is a journalist. He writes for The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, and Country Life. He is married and lives in London and North Wales.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Author's Notep. xi
Family Treesp. xiii
'It is a fine Child'p. 1
'The most amusing baby we have had'p. 10
'Paroxysms of despair'p. 21
'The bright spot in this dead home'p. 30
'Beatrice is quite well'p. 39
'A nervous way of speaking and laughing'p. 49
'Auntie Beatrice sends you many loves'p. 61
'Youngest daughters have a duty to widowed mothers'p. 69
'The flower of the flock'p. 80
'A Good, handy, thoughtful servant'p. 92
'She is my constant companion'p. 102
'Dear Beatrice suffered much from rheumatism'p. 109
'If only she could marry now'p. 116
The Handsomest Family in Europep. 124
'Many daughters have acted virtuously, but thou excelleth them all'p. 134
'Tge fatal day approaches'p. 144
'There now burnt a bewitching fiery passion'p. 157
'Capital fun'p. 170
'A simple life, with no great incidents'p. 178
'Blighted happiness'p. 187
'I have taken up my life again'p. 197
'Iàcan hardly realize what life will be like without her'p. 208
'I have my dear Mother's written instructions'p. 215
'Osborneàis like the grave of somebody's happiness'p. 224
'Please God the young couple may be very happy'p. 232
'Days of overwhelming anxiety'p. 241
'The older one gets the more one lives in the past'p. 250
'She struggled so hard to "carry on"'p. 258
Notesp. 266
Bibliographyp. 284
Indexp. 290
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