'After some months in Greece, Alice returned to England to see her mother and Philip. Unbeknown to her, Cecile's two-year-old daughter, Johanna, then living with Lu and Peg at Darmstadt had suffered a relapse in her meningitis after flu, which left her so weak that she could not lift her head when lying down. Alice had reached Paris from Marseilles on 6 June when her sister-in-law Marie, met her with a frantic message that Johanna was gravely ill. Alice rushed to Frankfurt where Margarita and Friedel Hohenlohe met her and brought her to the Neue Palais. Johanna was being cared for in the Alice Hospital adn though generally weak, had a strong heart. They knew she could not recover, but only in the last twenty-four hours did she fall unconscious. Alice was part of the family vigil, which she later described to Philip: 'As she never had a very high fever, she had not fits or restlessness from the inflammation of the brain which is rare, but a godsend to us all. For we had such a sweet picture before our eyes of a lovely sleeping child with golden curls, looking for me so very like Cecile at that age that it was like losing my child a second time and I was thankful that Papa wa away travelling and did not see that, for Papa adored Cecile when she was small and could never bear to be parted from her.' The coffin was taken to the Byzantine mausoleum where Ernie had lain and the funeral was private. Johanna was buried next to her parents and brothers, who had died so tragically less than two years before. '