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100 years ago: Death of Princess Christian

16 June 2023

June 15th, 1923.

PRINCESS CHRISTIAN gave to her country a lifetime of service in good works; and in no field was her service more constantly and whole-heartedly given than in that of nursing and hospital work, in which as a young girl she had wished to be trained. In that she found consolation for the sorrows from which her station did not exempt her. The South African war deprived her of her elder son, Prince Christian Victor. The Great War built a barrier between the Princess and her younger son, who as Duke of Schleswig-Holstein rendered non-combatant service to Germany, though he steadily refused to fight against England, and befriended English prisoners of war. It was the irony of circumstance that the Prussians against whom Prince Christian had fought in 1864 should have confirmed his son in the estates of which they had deprived the father, and should have claimed his service. But these and other sorrows had left unspoiled one in whom real ability and a proficiency in the arts were conjoined with a singularly simple and kindly and gracious character. As her body rested last night in the Albert Memorial Chapel it was watched in a night-long vigil by sisters of the Community of St John the Baptist, Clewer; and we do not doubt that prayer has been made at many altars this morning for the repose of her soul.

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