Social Victorians/People/Princess Victoria of Wales

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
  • Nickname: Toria[1]
  • Her Royal Highness The Princess Victoria (22 January 1901 – 3 December 1935)
  • VIAF: 127756309

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Organizations[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1897 July 2, Friday, Princess Victoria of Wales attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House.

Costume at the Duchess of Devonshire's 2 July 1897 Fancy-dress Ball[edit | edit source]

At the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball, Princess Victoria of Wales (at 370), sat at Table 2.[2] She was 29 years old, almost 30, attending her mother, Alexandra, Princess of Wales, who went as Queen Margaret of Valois, along with the Princess of Wales's other daughters.

  • "Princess Victoria of Wales wore a heavy yellow satin dress, also richly embroidered."[3]:5, Col. 6c
  • She accompanied her mother the Princess of Wales, along with the Duchess of York, the Duchess of Fife, Princess Charles of Denmark, and Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein.[3]:5, Col. 6
  • According to the Pall Mall Gazette, "Princess Charles of Denmark, in pink satin and silver, and Princess Victoria of Wales, in pale yellow crêpe de chine, represented other ladies of the court" of Margaret of Valois.[4]
  • According to the Man of Ross, "The Princess of Wales [was attended by] Princess Victoria of Wales, in yellow and gold ….. All the Princesses wore a profusion of diamonds.[5]
  • According to the Westminster Gazette, "Princess Victoria of Wales, quite happy to be with her favourite sister again, was in primrose satin."[6]:5, Col. 1a

At Duchess of Devonshire's 2 July 1897 fancy-dress ball, Lafayette's portrait of "Prince Charles of Denmark with Maud, Princess Charles of Denmark and Princess Victoria of Wales as Ladies of the Court of Marguerite de Valois" in costume is photograph #2 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[7] The printing on the portrait says, "H.R.H. Princess Victoria of Wales & Princess Charles of Denmark as Ladies of the Court of Marguerite de Valois. H.R.H. Prince Charles of Denmark," with a Long S in Princess both times.[8] This photograph is shown on the page for Prince and Princess Charles of Denmark.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: British

Residences[edit | edit source]

  • Sandringham (until 20 November 1925)[1]
  • Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire (20 November 1925 – 3 December 1935)[1]

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary (6 July 1868 – 3 December 1935)

Relations[edit | edit source]

  • "Alix" Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia (1 December 1844 – 20 November 1925), Princess of Wales and later Queen Consort of the UK[9]
  • Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later Kind Edward VII of England, "Bertie" until he became king, and then "Teddy"
  1. Prince Albert Victor: Albert Victor Christian Edward, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (8 January 1864 – 14 January 1892)
  2. Prince George: George Frederick Ernest Albert (3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936), later George V; married Princess Mary of Teck in 1893
  3. Louise, Princess Royal: Louise Victoria Alexandra Dagmar (20 February 1867 – 4 January 1931); married Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife, in 1889
  4. Princess Victoria of Wales: Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary (6 July 1868 – 3 December 1935)
  5. Princess Maud of Wales: Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria of Wales (26 November 1869 – 20 November 1938); married Prince Carl, later King Haakon VII, of Denmark on 22 July 1896
  6. Prince Alexander John (6 April 1871 – 6 April 1871)

Questions and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The sentence in the story in the Westminster Gazette describing Princess Victoria of Wales's costume at the ball follows immediately the description of Mary, Duchess of York (Mary of Pless), wife of Prince George. Mary was not her biological sister, but later we know that Princess Victoria of Wales was close to her brother King George and Mary. The sentence before that is about Alexandra, Princess of Wales. The sentence immediately following describes the Duchess of Fife and Princess Charles of Denmark.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom". Wikipedia. 2021-03-14. 
  2. "Fancy Dress Ball at Devonshire House." Morning Post Saturday 3 July 1897: 7 [of 12], Col. 4a–8 Col. 2b. British Newspaper Archive
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Ball. A Brilliant Spectacle. Some of the Dresses." London Daily News Saturday 3 July 1897: 5 [of 10], Col. 6a–6, Col. 1b. British Newspaper Archive and
  4. “The Devonshire House Ball. A Brilliant Gathering.” The Pall Mall Gazette 3 July 1897, Saturday: 7 [of 10], Col. 2a–3a. British Newspaper Archive
  5. “The Devonshire House Ball.” The Man of Ross 10 July 1897, Saturday: 2 [of 8], Col. 4b. British Newspaper Archive
  6. “The Duchess’s Costume Ball.” Westminster Gazette 03 July 1897 Saturday: 5 [of 8], Cols. 1a–3b [of 3]. British Newspaper Archive
  7. "Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball (1897): photogravures by Walker & Boutall after various photographers." 1899. National Portrait Gallery
  8. "Haakon VII, King of Norway when Prince Charles of Denmark with Maud, Queen of Norway when Princess Charles of Denmark and Princess Victoria of Wales as Ladies of the Court of Marguerite de Valois." Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball Album. National Portrait Gallery
  9. "Alexandra of Denmark". Wikipedia. 2020-09-21.