Social Victorians/People/Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Schleswig-Holstein

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality:

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Helena Victoria Prinzessin von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (3 May 1870 – 13 March 1948)

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1897 July 2, Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, along with her parents, Prince and Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, 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 Schleswig-Holstein (at 371) was in the group of princesses who attended Alexandra, Princess of Wales, and was dressed as

  • "Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein was also in this group [in the Princess of Wales's ladies of the court, along with Alex's three daughters], very becomingly dressed in pale blue, delicately ornamented with gold embroidery and seed pearls, a high-laced collar, and a little crown of pearls in her hair."[1]:5, Col. 9A
  • "The Princess of Wales [was attended by] Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, in pale blue brocade ornamented with pearls and silver ….. All the Princesses wore a profusion of diamonds."[2]
  • Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein was in pale blue brocade, with the design included of gold thread. This was slashed with pearl embroidered white satin.[3]:5, Col. 6C
  • She accompanied her mother the Princess of Wales, along with Princess Victoria of Wales, the Duchess of York, the Duchess of Fife, and Princess Charles of Denmark.[3]:5, Col. 6 The London Daily News has her mother wrong here: she was Alix's niece, daughter of the Prince of Wales's sister, Princess Helena of Schleswig-Holstein.
  • "Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein was in blue and gold."[4]
  • "H.H. Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein (Princess, Elizabethan period), dress made of old turquoise and gold brocade, richly embroidered gold, bands of white satin pearled; the sleeves of blue brocade, with crevés of white crêpe pearled and studded gold."[5]:40, Col. 2b

Alfred Ellis's (not Lafayette's and not Bassano's) portrait of Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein as Princess Elizabeth, eldest daughter of James I, in costume was included in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[6] The printing on the portrait says, "H.R.H. Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein as Princess Elizabeth, as eldest daughter of James I," with a Long S in Princess both times.[7]

Questions and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. This Princess Helena Victoria and her mother had the same names, are easy to confuse, but her mother was called Princess Helena or Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, and she was Princess Victoria.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Dress Ball. Special Telegram." Belfast News-Letter Saturday 03 July 1897: 5 [of 8], Col. 9 [of 9]. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000038/18970703/015/0005.
  2. “The Devonshire House Ball.” The Man of Ross 10 July 1897, Saturday: 2 [of 8], Col. 4B. British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001463/18970710/033/0002.
  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 http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18970703/024/0005 and http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000051/18970703/024/0006.
  4. “The Duchess’s Costume Ball.” Westminster Gazette 03 July 1897 Saturday: 5 [of 8], Cols. 1a–3b [of 3]. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0002947/18970703/035/0005.
  5. “The Duchess of Devonshire’s Ball.” The Gentlewoman 10 July 1897 Saturday: 32–42 [of 76], Cols. 1a–3c [of 3]. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0003340/18970710/155/0032.
  6. "Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball (1897): photogravures by Walker & Boutall after various photographers." 1899. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait-list.php?set=515 (accessed May 2019).
  7. "Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein as Princess Elizabeth, eldest daughter of James I." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158368/Princess-Helena-Victoria-of-Schleswig-Holstein-as-Princess-Elizabeth-eldest-daughter-of-James-I (accessed May 2019).