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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Alice Of Battenberg, A Deaf Princess


Born: February 25, 1885, Windsor Castle
Died: December 5, 1969, Buckingham Palace

Princess Alice born on February 25, 1885 to the full name of Princess Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julie Marie. Alice was the first born daughter of Princess Victoria and the first great-grandchild to Queen Victoria.
Princess Alice was not by any means the only deaf royal in those times. There were several others but Princess Alice is much more famous because she held such a pivotal role in WWI.

Her husband, Andrew, began their marriage as the Prince of Greece. Their wedding is considered to be the last large gathering of royals since WWI. In 1917 Prince Andrew became King Andrew when his brother King Constantine refused to support the Allies in the war and was abdicated. After Andrew led Greece in to the fight WWI was soon over and so Constantine took over the throne again.

Alice and Andrew decided they needed to live separately. Andrew moved to a party city in southern France while Alice moved to a small Greek island where she decided to found a Nunnery. When WWII erupted Alice was visiting Athens. Her family begged her to leave and she eventually did but only after much fighting. Her son Prince Philip eventually married Princess Elizabeth, who later became the Queen of England. In 1969 Princess Alice died in Buckingham Palace at the age of 84.

Although Alice was never queen she did have a key part in WWI. She showed great perseverance in learning not only spoken English but German and Greek as well. Living the tumultuous life of a royal in a war torn Europe she showed how much strength a deaf person can have.

Click here to read an article about the Deaf princess:

Click here to watch a video of the Deaf princess' life:

Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (20 January/2 February 1882 (o.s./n.s.) -- 3 December 1944), of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, was the seventh child and fourth son of King George I of Greece and Olga Constantinovna of Russia.

Princess Alice of Battenberg, later Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark (Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julia Marie; 25 February 1885 -- 5 December 1969), was the mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Watch a video in British Sign Language about the Deaf princess:

 By Hugo Vickers

“In 1953, at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Alice was dressed from head to foot in a long gray dress and a gray cloak, and a nun’s veil. Amidst all the jewels, and velvet and coronets, and the fine uniforms, she exuded an unworldly simplicity. Seated with the royal family, she was a part of them, yet somehow distanced from them. Inasmuch as she is remembered at all today, it is as this shadowy figure in gray nun’s clothes...”

Princess Alice, mother of Prince Phillip, was something of a mystery figure even within her own family. She was born deaf, at Windsor Castle, in the presence of her grandmother, Queen Victoria, and brought up in England, Darmstadt, and Malta.

In 1903 she married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and from then on her life was overshadowed by wars, revolutions, and enforced periods of exile. By the time she was thirty-five, virtually every point of stability was overthrown. Though the British royal family remained in the ascendant, her German family ceased to be ruling princes, her two aunts who had married Russian royalty had come to savage ends, and soon afterwards Alice's own husband was nearly executed as a political scapegoat.

The middle years of her life, which should have followed a conventional and fulfilling path, did the opposite. She suffered from a serious religious crisis and at the age of forty-five was removed from her family and placed in a sanitarium in Switzerland, where she was pronounced a paranoid schizophrenic. As her stay in the clinic became prolonged, there was a time where it seemed she might never walk free again. How she achieved her recovery is just one of the remarkable aspects of her story.

You can find her in this excellent educational book:
 Movers & Shakers: Deaf People Who Changed the World: Storybook - Cathryn Carroll & Susan M. Mather
Call Number: HV2373.C37 1997 c.3 and HV2373 .C37 1997
ISBN: 0915035642
Publication Date: 1997
4th floor HV2373 .C37 1997 (3 copies)
ETRR at NTID HV2373.C37 1997 c.3

Inspires Deaf people to succeed, hearing people to understand, and people to know that nothing can hold them back except themselves. Includes references on Deaf Culture and History, Fingerspelling, Gestures and Sign Language, Deaf Publications, and English as a second language. As the wondrous lives of both famous and unsung deaf heroes unfold, deaf and hearing readers alike are compelled to imagine themselves achieving their own potential. Women profiled are: Helen Keller, Laura Redden Searing, Alice of Battenberg, Juliette Gordon Low, and Harriet Martineau. A companion student bilingual workbook encourages inquiry and research into deaf topics and ASL linguistic principles.

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