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Click here to view all of our offers. Australia 1 Austria 00 Belgium 00 Denmark 00 France 00 Germany 00 HongKong 90 Ireland 00 Israel Malaysia 00 This granddaughter of Queen Victoria took a trip in a Zeppelin and a biplane years before anyone else and she loved to travel which was handy as two of her sisters had married into the Russian Royal Family and Victoria made several trips to see them.

But World War One was about to deal her another brutal loss. The youngest of her siblings to survive childhood, Alix, had married the Tsar and on July 17th they — along with their five children — were shot dead in a house at Yekatarinburg which Victoria had driven past as she had left Russia for the last time.

The following day her other sister, Elizabeth, was murdered as the revolution swept through the country. The Great War had already changed her life beyond anything she might have imagined. Louis, had served in the Royal Navy but had to resign as the conflict took hold because he was German. And then, in , King George V decided that he and all his royal relations would lose their German honours.

Which meant Victoria was without a title. And she got a new surname to boot — the German Battenberg was changed to the English Mountbatten. In middle age, Victoria had lost one identity and found another.

Throughout that summer, Louis was kept busy and in September that year he met his wife for lunch in Piccadilly but was clearly unwell and a doctor was called. The Milford Havens had been married for 37 years and had remained devoted to one another.

Victoria left her husband to go to a chemists to get medicine prescribed for him and came back to find him dead. And it also meant that Victoria was on her own when her eldest child, Alice, became seriously ill. And by , she was having to deal with some very difficult consequences of this.

Victoria with her husband, Louis. She is holding their second child, Louise, while their eldest child, Alice, stands in front of them. In , Alice was admitted to a sanatorium as she began to show signs of very serious mental health issues. Eventually, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Her youngest child, a certain prince called Philip, was just nine at the time and he went to live with his grandmother who took on his care and education.

Prince Philip described his grandmother as practical but all her resources were called on in when another unspeakable tragedy hit the family. The huge gap left in the family by the deaths of so many loved ones was a burden for all of them and another deep tragedy for Victoria.

Having helped her own daughter bury a child, Victoria had to face the same agony herself. Just months after the death of Cecilie and her children, Victoria lost her eldest son.

Despite a life weighted with tragedy, sadness and difficulties, Victoria never lost her spirit of adventure or her determination or her cool, calm and collected attitude to life.

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