Helena Augusta Victoria, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, 1846-1923

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Helena was a daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of the United Kingdom. When she married Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein the match was politically awkward and caused a severe breach within the royal family; the Queen allowed the ceremony to take place at Windsor Castle, albeit in the Private Chapel rather than the grander St George's Chapel. Helena had a firm interest in nursing and was the founding chair of the Ladies' Committee of the British Red Cross in 1870, playing an active role in recruiting nurses and organising relief supplies during the Franco-Prussian War. She subsequently became President of the British Nurses' Association (RBNA) upon its foundation in 1887.
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creatorOf CROSS PAPERS. Vol. XXV (ff. 263). Letters of condolence on the death of his son, William Henry; 1892-1894.Hon William Henry Cross, MP: Letters of condolence, etc., on his death: 1892-1894: Partly printed.includes:ff. 2, 82 Richard Everard Webster, ..., 1892-1894 British Library
creatorOf CRANBROOK PAPERS: private and political correspondence of Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 1st Earl of Cranbrook; 1866-1904, n.d. Chiefly letters to Cranbrook, but including a few letters from him, together with three letters to Thomas Longman the publisher ..., 1866-1904 British Library
creatorOf Avebury, John Lubbock, 1st Baron, 1834-1913. Avebury Papers. A. General Correspondence, 1855-1911. Vol. XXIV (ff. 141). 1895. British Library
creatorOf Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-. Collection of autographs of prime ministers and royalty. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf CARNARVON PAPERS. Vol. CCCIV (ff. 248). 1. ff. 1-44. Letters to Lady Carnarvon from her sons Mervyn and Aubrey; 1895-1912, n.d. 2. ff. 45-103. General correspondence of Lady Carnarvon; 1893-1922, n.d. See also Add. 60865. 3. ff. 104-117. Letters to K..., 1887-1922 British Library
referencedIn John F. Glaser collection of historical autograph letters and manuscripts, 1739-1933. Houghton Library
creatorOf Helena Augusta Victoria, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, 1846-1923. Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to Capt. Campbell, "Thursday Evening." Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf STAINER LETTERS: letters from composers and musicians to Sir John Stainer (1840-1901), organist and composer, and his son, J. F. R. Stainer; 1860-1932, n.d. Including letters from Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Bax, Grove and Walford Davies. Purchas..., 1860-1932 British Library
creatorOf PAGET PAPERS (2ND SERIES). Vol. XXXIV (ff. 300). Miscellaneous royal correspondence; 1858-1925. 1. ff. 1-4b. Queen Victoria; 1896. Partly German. Includes a telegram (f. 1) to Lady Paget's daughter, Lady Windsor, on behalf of the Queen. 2. ff. 5-8. V..., 1855-1925 British Library
creatorOf Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. Journal : autograph manuscript, 1825 Nov. 20-1832 Apr. 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Helena Augusta Victoria, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, 1846-1923. Autograph letter signed : Osbourne, to "Coliquette", 1864 Dec. 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf IDDESLEIGH PAPERS. Vol. LIII (ff. 82). Royal correspondence; 1851-1887. 1. ff. 1-53b. Letters of Queen Victoria, partly on her behalf; 1867-1886. Followed (f. 45) by an initialled letter to Lady Iddesleigh, 16 Jan. 1887, and (ff. 46-53b) copies of Ad..., 1851-1887 British Library
creatorOf BALFOUR PAPERS. Vol. IV (ff. 202). 1. ff. 1-150. George V, partly as Prince of Wales; 1900-1928. 2. f. 151. Letter from Balfour to Queen Mary, as Princess of Wales; 1904. Copy. 3. ff. 153-202. Other members of the Royal Family, including the Duke and..., 1887-1929 British Library
creatorOf ELIZABETH JANE, LADY WATERPARK: diary and photograph album; 1865-1891 (1865-1891) British Library
referencedIn Owen, Mrs. Octavius Freire. The Heroines of History.. United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Alcott family additional papers, 1724-1927. Houghton Library
referencedIn GLADSTONE PAPERS. Vol. DCLXX (ff. 234). Memoranda on the Reform Bill, a conversation with Queen Victoria, an interview with Plus IX, etc., 1866-1867. Quarto.includes:f. 3 Joseph Timm, Solicitor to the Inland Revenue: Memorandum rel. to: 1866. f. 5 A..., 1866-1867 British Library
referencedIn Hopkins, Ellen Dunlap, 1857 or 8-1939. Papers, 1894-1910 and 1935-1939. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Helena Augusta Victoria, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, 1846-1923. Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to Mr. Fairbank, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf SCOTT PAPERS. Vol. I (ff. 158). Correspondence of Scott and his family with the Royal Family, foreign royalty and nobility, and their officials; 1879-1918, n.d. Partly French and German. 1. ff. 1-74b. Correspondence with Maj.-Gen. Sir Henry Frederick..., 1878-1918 British Library
creatorOf Helena Augusta Victoria, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, 1846-1923. Autograph note signed : [n.p.], to the Prince-Consort, 1860 X-mas. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf PAGET PAPERS (3RD SERIES). Vol. I (ff. 92). Royal correspondence. 1. ff. 1-31b. Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort; 1837-1894. Partly printed. 2. ff. 32-46b. Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, as Prince and Princess of Wales; 1865-1901. 3. ff. 47-48b..., 1837-1905 British Library
creatorOf AUTOGRAPH ALBUM of Mary Enid Evelyn Layard, wife of Sir Austen Henry Layard, P.C., G.C.B., kept mainly at Venice; Sept. 1881 (f. 1)-1912, n.d. Partly Arabic, Greek and cuneiform. Musical quotations on ff. 11, 16, 25, 27, 31, 34. Most of the signatori..., 1881-1912 British Library
creatorOf Helena Augusta Victoria, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, 1846-1923. Autograph letters signed (3) : Nice, Schomberg House, and [n.p.], to Mrs. Lowther, 1898 Mar. 17, [no year] Apr. 27 and "Wednesday Evening." Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Helena Augusta Victoria, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, 1846-1923. Autograph letter signed : Cumberland Lodge, to Miss Ross, 1896 June 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Royal correspondence; 1821-1976.ff. 227.Arranged in the following order: letters written on behalf of:—1. ff. 1-158. Sovereigns: Prince Leopold, later Leopold I of Belgium, Queen Adelaide, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, G..., 1821-1976 British Library
creatorOf PAGET PAPERS (3RD SERIES). Vol. VII (ff. 118). Letters from:– 1. ff. 1-25b. Prince Louis of Battenberg, and his wife, Victoria, afterwards 1st Marquess and Marchioness of Milford Haven; 1879-1917;-Franz Joseph of Battenberg; 1894;-Marie Caroline o..., 1878-1923 British Library
referencedIn Letter from President James K. Polk to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf SUPPLEMENTARY 4TH LADY HOLLAND PAPERS: correspondence; 1859-1886. Partly French. Including (f. 1) a letter from Prince Albert to Mary Augusta, widow of Henry Edward Fox, 4th Baron Holland, on the death of her husband, and (f. 4) her draft reply, 1859..., 1859-1886 British Library
creatorOf HUTTON PAPERS. Vol. I (ff. 323). 1. ff. 1-2b. Letters of Frederick Edward Grey Ponsonby, 1st Baron Sysonby, on behalf of Queen Victoria, to Lady Hutton; 1900. 2. ff. 3-5b. Rough notes of interviews with Edward VII, Field-Marshal Frederick Sleigh Robe..., 1884-1915 British Library
referencedIn Catalogue of concertos, miscellaneous music, and scores of operas etc. in the Society’s music library; compiled circa 1870, with additions to 1883. Derived from sections 2-4 of RPS MS 395 above, and giving similar details to RPS MS 396. Concertos arr..., 1865-1883 British Library
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childOf Albert, 1819-1861, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria person
associatedWith Albert, Prince consort of Victoria, Queen of England, 1819-1861, person
parentOf Albert, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Glücksburg. person
associatedWith Alcott family. family
sibling of Alfred Ernest Albert, 1844-1900, Prince, Duke of Edinburgh, 2nd son of Queen Victoria, naval officer person
sibling of Alice Maud Mary, 1843-1878, Princess, 2nd daughter of Queen Victoria, consort of Louis IV Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine person
sibling of Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore, 1857-1944, Princess, 5th daughter of Queen Victoria, consort of Prince Henry Maurice of Battenberg person
spouseOf Christian, 1831-1917, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein person
parentOf Christian Victor Albert Ernst Anton, 1867-1900, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein person
sibling of Edward VII, 1841-1910, King of Great Britain and Ireland person
associatedWith Fairbank, Mr, person
associatedWith Glaser, John F., collector. person
parentOf Helena Victoria, 1870-1948, Princess person
associatedWith Hopkins, Ellen Dunlap, 1857 or 8-1939. person
sibling of Leopold George Duncan Albert, 1853-1884, Prince, 1st Duke of Albany, 4th son of Queen Victoria person
sibling of Louise Caroline Alberta, 1848-1939, Princess, 4th daughter of Queen Victoria, wife of John Marquess of Lorne and 9th Duke of Argyll person
associatedWith Lowther, William, Mrs, person
parentOf Marie Louise, 1872-1956, Princess, wife of Prince Aribert of Anhalt person
associatedWith Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915- person
associatedWith Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. person
childOf Victoria, 1819-1901, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland person
sibling of Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise, 1840-1901, Princess Royal, eldest daughter of Queen Victoria, consort of Frederick III Emperor of Germany person
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Birth 1846-05-25

Death 1923-06-09




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