A carte-de-visite portrait of Princess Alice, the third child and second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. In July 1862, a few months after the death of her father, she married Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt. The bride wore a black trousseau and the marriage, the Queen herself said, was more like a funeral than a wedding.
Though Lord Clarendon considered him 'a dull boy' coming from 'a dull family in a dull country', and the Duchess of Cambridge thought it 'an insignificant match', Alice was delighted with her partner.
She died of diphtheria at the age of thirty-five on 14 December 1878, the seventeenth anniversary of her father's death.
Photographed by John and Charles Watkins of 34, Parliament Street, London.
Condition: please see scans. The print shows a few small, faint imperfections in the area of the background and its tones drop off a little towards the lower edge of the image. The mount is in excellent condition.
Dimensions: The dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are approx. 4.1âe by 2.5âe (105 mm by 63 mm).
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