11.8.09

Princess Victoria Louise

Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, Duchess of Brunswick (Victoria Louise Adelaide Matilda Charlotte; was the only daughter and the seventh child of William II, German Emperor and Empress Augusta Victoria – at the time of her death, she was their last surviving child. Princess Victoria Louise is the maternal grandmother of Queen Sophie of Spain and the former King Constantine II of the Hellenes.

Ernest Augustus, heir to the title of Duke of Cumberland, and grandson of Christian IX of Denmark through the latter's daughter, Princess Thyra of Denmark, came to the court and fell in love with Victoria Louise.

Their marriage, on 24 May 1913 in Berlin, put an end to the rift between the House of Hanover and House of Hohenzollern that began after the 1866 annexation of the Kingdom of Hanover into the Kingdom of Prussia following the Austro-Prussian War.

Their wedding was one of the last great social events of European royalty before World War I. It was celebrated in the presence of George V of the United Kingdom and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Empress Augusta Victoria took the separation from her youngest child and only daughter badly and spent the night weeping.

As with many European dynasties regiments would have Colonel in Chief. Princess Victoria Louise was the Colonel in Chief of the Life Hussar Regiment. I have included some photos of her in Hussar uniform. As a princess, she could not have been seen in trousers let alone Riding breaches so she wore a skirt which required her to ride on a side saddle.


Below Princess Viktoria-Luise, and her sister-in-law, Crown Princess Cecilie, in the uniforms of their respective regiments. About 1910


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