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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #90 on: May 16, 2009, 03:38:20 PM »
You had a very reasonable doubt since in that time it was pretty common to take pictures with stuffed animals ;-)

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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #91 on: February 09, 2010, 12:12:00 AM »
Would some lovely bright spark here be kind enough to tell me...when did Alice Athlone make her last official public appearance?

I am intrigued as I can't seem to find any sound information about aht she got up to in the 70s. I have lost my library card number and can not get into the Times online at the mo which is most annoying!


I am quite curious about Alice A's movements towards the end of 78 and into 79! Did she ever venture out during the last few years officially or at least as part of the family en masse so to speak....at events like trooping, weddings and the like!? If so when, where and are there any piccies around that anyone knows of!


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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #92 on: April 05, 2010, 01:40:29 PM »


Princess Alice of Albany nee Countess of Athlone is ready for a night at the palace!

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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #93 on: April 26, 2010, 05:52:59 PM »
Very interesting from Sotheby's:








Description

Oblong folio (265 x 385mm.), 305 photographs (average 85 x 135mm., or the reverse; a few smaller or larger), mounted recto and verso on cream card, generally two to five photographs to a side, a very few captioned in pencil on the mount, coloured map of Arabia mounted at beginning, 4 newspaper cuttings from The Times pasted in (dated 5 February to 7 March) regarding the Royal visit to Arabia, printed report pasted in: "Visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Alice and the Earl of Athlone to Saudi Arabia" by Sir Reader Bullard dated 21 March 1938 and with Lord Frederick Cambridge's name in blue ink at head, memorial service sheet "To the beloved memory of Frederick Charles Edward Cambridge and John Henry George, Earl of Erne, killed in action May 1940, Badminton, 14 June 1940" (4pp.) loosely inserted, contemporary green buckram, preserved within a modern clamshell case, a few minor marks to binding

 
 

PROVENANCE


Lord Frederick Cambridge (1907-1940), compiler of the album (killed in action, Belgium, 30 May 1940); his sister The Duchess of Beaufort (1897-1987); by whom given to her niece Lady Mary Whitley (1924-1999); by whom given to her godson



LITERATURE AND REFERENCES


HRH Princess Alice. For my Grandchildren: some reminiscences. London, 1966 (pp.224-242); Wahba, Hafiz. Arabian Days. London, 1964; Bullard, R. Two Kings in Arabia: Sir Reader Bullard's Letters from Jeddah. Reading, 1993; Aldamer, Dr S. The Visit of HRH Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone and the Earl of Athlone to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 25 February - 17 March 1938. With a summary of Saudi-British Relations. King Abdulaziz Public Library, 2007



CATALOGUE NOTE


an historic album of photographs of saudi arabia and bahrain compiled by princess alice's nephew lord frederick cambridge, who accompanied his aunt and uncle as aide-de-camp. The album also contains Lord Frederick's personal copy of Sir Reader Bullard's official report on the royal visit.

Princess Alice relates in her memoirs: "Our visit to Saudi Arabia in the winter of 1938 came about through a chance meeting with the Crown Prince Saud in 1936, when he took me in to luncheon at Ascot... Out of politeness I said how sorry I was that I had never visited Arabia, though I had been as far as Petra. He at once asked, 'Why not come to Arabia?' " (For my Grandchildren, pp.224-5). The importance of this visit is derived from several factors, for although many members of the Saudi royal family had visited Britain, this was the first occasion on which a delegation from the British royal family had visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and it was the only occasion on which any member of the British royal family met the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud. The primary objective of this visit was not to discuss political affairs but to strengthen friendly ties and communications between Saudi Arabia and Britain.

In the winter of 1938 Princess Alice and the Earl of Athlone travelled to Saudi Arabia, stopping en route in Cairo and Port Sudan. They arrived at Jeddah in HMS Enterprise on 25 February, accompanied by Lord Frederick Cambridge, where they were met on board by the Governor of Jeddah, Sheikh Ibrahim, Sheikh Hafiz Wahba, the Saudi Minister to London and Sir Reader Bullard, British Minister in Jeddah. On landing they were received by the Emir Faisal, Governor of the Hijaz and second son of His Majesty King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, who entertained them to dinner in the evening. The following day King Abdul Aziz entertained Princess Alice and the Earl of Athlone to tea, which was the first occasion on which the King had ever received a European lady into his house. Princess Alice in her autobiography describes the meeting with the King: "He himself was a huge man, a great gentleman with a most engaging manner. He was charming and full of jokes, and Granpa and I became his hero-worshippers... We sat in an alcove, he on the sofa and we on either side of him, with Sir Reader Bullard and Hafiz Wahba interpreting for us, and I thanked him very much for inviting me, as he had never before asked a female to an audience or a meal." On 27 February the Emir Faisal gave a large picnic for the royal visitors at Wadi Fatima. The following day Princess Alice received presents from the King and the Earl of Athlone had a private audience with him. They said goodbye to the King on the 1 March, before travelling in a motor convoy for several weeks across Arabia from west to east, meeting tribal chieftans and camping in the desert. On their travels they stayed at Mudhitta Camp, Ashaira Well (the last well between the Hijaz and Nejd), Taif, Mowaih Well (where they met some Bedouin called Khlawi), Dafina Well, Afif Well, and travelled along the Jebel Nir mountain range to Fort Duwadime, then to Wadi Hanifa and to Ibaila where they were met by the Crown Prince Saud. On 7 March they were taken to the Badia Palace where they dined with the Crown Prince, his uncle Ahmed and his nephew Faisal Ibn Turki. The next day they drove to Riyadh and were given a tour of the palace and town. Princess Alice comments in her book "There were a thousand things to photograph, but whenever we stopped a throng of curious people crowded round... Next day we went to photograph the famous gate and fort which... the King had captured with only fifteen men, against seventy in the garrison and during which he had a hand-to-hand fight with the Governor" (op. cit. pp.237-8). They left Riyadh on 10 March for Hofuf and Prince Saud arranged some hunting for them on the way. From Hofuf they proceeded along the coast before reaching the California Arabian Standard Oil company's camp at Dhahran. It was here at oil well Dammam No. 7 on 4 March 1938 that oil was discovered in commercial quantities, the well having produced over 2,000 barrels and by the end of March, the quantity had risen to over 3,000 barrels per day. King George VI sent a telegram congratulating King Ibn Saud on the discovery of oil that so happily coincided with Princess Alice's good-will visit. After visiting the oil wells and drillings, the royal party visited Bahrain where they were received by Sheikh Isa at his country palace. They said their farewells to Sheikh Isa at Bahrain airport, where the royal party left in three British aircraft to Basrah, before flying back to Cairo and returning by sea to England.
 

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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #94 on: August 25, 2010, 03:40:06 PM »
From British Pathe some lovely images of the visit of Queen Wilhelmina towards King George VI, Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) and the British Royal Family in 1946. Queen Wilhelmina brought from Holland a gift of 36 horses for the Household Cavalry. This gift was a way of showing her gratitude for the support and hospitality the British King and Queen gave her during the War - that just had ended the previous year. You can clearly see in the pictures that Queen Wilhelmina turned into a old and tired Queen. The pain of the War did not leave her untouched. Just an old tired lady hidden in her fur and hat.
Princess Margaret seems to have a nice chat with the old Queen. Her cousin Alice looks really elegant in her outfit - same goes for Queen Mary. Both ladies were a great support during the War for the Queen of the Netherlands. Wilhelmina does not inherited the (family) charm that Princess Alice seemed to make such a pleasant person to see and to be with. But the cousins were very close - as Alice was very proud of her strong-headed cousin Wilhelmina. Great to see them together.













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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #95 on: August 27, 2010, 07:50:53 AM »
Princess Alice stands out in those photos. She is very elegant and dignified.

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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #96 on: August 03, 2011, 02:43:28 AM »

The longest living and last surviving granddaugther of her majesty Queen Victoria.
And the third longest living member of the Royal Family behind Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Alice Duchess of Gloucester.
But she is the longest living member of the Royal Family of royal blood.
I think this remarkleble lady desiveres her own thread, she is one of my favorit British royals.
And please share youre pictures and storys of her she desiveres it!!!!

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This photo is when she was Viceregal Consort of Canada, and her husband was Governor General from 1940-1946 (see Wikipedia, it is the exact same picture).  The photo was taken from Government of Canada archives from a negative, according the the government archival citation.  I would like to know about all the medals she is wearing as well as the tiara.  Has anyone noticed she is also wearing a snake bracelet?  Her earrings are fabulous and she also has a cameo broach of some sort.

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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #97 on: August 03, 2011, 04:40:18 AM »
The brooches are sapphires from the stomacher her husband inherited from his mother Mary Adelaide of Teck.Presumably the earrings are also sapphires. The cameo is actually the order of Victoria and Albert which her grandmother gave her.

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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #98 on: August 03, 2011, 02:35:57 PM »
I'm sure I have seen her mother the Duchess of Albany wearing several serpent bracelets, they maybe came from her.?
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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #100 on: August 18, 2011, 03:09:36 AM »


Another photograph of beautiful Princess Alice from www.royaltyguide.nl

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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #101 on: September 01, 2011, 07:47:42 PM »
OK, here are 3 photographs from the National Archives of Canada.  I had to request for permission or any copyright laws still in effect.  Enjoy!



Photo: Christening of Princess Margriet Francisca, daughter of Crown Princess Juliana of the Netherlandsand Prince Bernhard, St. Andrew’s Church, 1943
Source:Library and Archives Canada/Credit: National Film Board of Canada/William LyonMackenzie King fonds/C-027980

*Alice Mary in apparently in the crowd somewhere, can anyone spot her?



Photo: Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King leading farewell cheers for the outgoing Governor General of Canada, the Earl of Athlone, 1946
Source:Library and Archives Canada/Credit: National Film Board of Canada/William LyonMackenzie King fonds/C-031309



Photo: Earl of Athlone, Princess Alice and William Lyon Mackenzie King at the opening of Parliament, 1945
Source:Library and Archives Canada/Credit: National Film Board of Canada/William LyonMackenzie King fonds/C-023016

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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #102 on: September 05, 2011, 05:42:52 PM »

*Alice Mary in apparently in the crowd somewhere, can anyone spot her?


It looks to me as if the first row from the right is Prince Bernhard, Princess Juiliana, Queen Wilhelmina, Earl Athlone and then Princess Alice. Not sure about the children.

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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #103 on: September 06, 2011, 12:34:41 AM »
The children are, then Princess Beatrix and her sister Princess Irene.

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Re: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
« Reply #104 on: October 17, 2011, 02:40:14 PM »
Love this one! Princess Alice with her mother, brother & husband!
Maybe an engagement portrait? Alice looks very young! I'm sure grandduchessella will know!!!  :) :)



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