[22] She was Patron of the Girls' Day School Trust and Queen Margaret College. In 1975, Princess Alice was the first woman to be appointed a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. [25] On the death of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother at age 101 in March 2002, Princess Alice became the oldest living member of the British Royal Family. She was the mother of Prince William of Gloucester and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, GCB, CI, GCVO, GBE was born Lady Alice Christabel Montagu Douglas Scott. HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Memories of Ninety Years, London: Collins & Brown Ltd., 1991, p. 138. Initially the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester lived at the Royal Pavilion in Aldershot, where the Duke was taking the Army staff course. In return for my life I had promised to dedicate it to some useful purpose; but there never seemed to be anything that required my help or that I was any use at. [15] During World War II, the Duchess worked with the Red Cross and the Order of St John.

[2] Her brothers Walter and William and her nephew John were all Conservative MPs. [1] At the time of her death at 102, she was the oldest living member of the British Royal Family. She became the oldest member of the Royal Family at the age of 100, following the death of the Queen Mother in 2002. [25][29] Following her death, the Union Jack flew at half mast at Buckingham Palace. In July 2000, the Duke said in another statement that his mother had become "increasingly forgetful. The daughter of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch, Scotland's largest landowner, … The Crown Wikia is a FANDOM TV Community. Princess Alice died on 29 October 2004 in her sleep at Kensington Palace at age 102, 57 days before her 103rd birthday and several years after suffering a stroke. The dress was "of modest simplicity, with long, narrow sleeves and a high neckline draped into a nosegay of artificial orange-blossom". [3] Eildon Hall, in Melrose, Scottish Borders, was more or less home base.[5][6]. Born into the Edwardian era, she once smuggled herself into Afghanistan and went on to become the longest lived British royal . The public appearances of the Duchess included launching HMS Gloucester on 19 October 1937. [1], From 1945 to 1947, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester lived in Canberra, where the Duke was serving as Governor-General of Australia. Duchess of Gloucester Princess Alice was born on December 25, 1901 in Montagu House, London, England as Alice Christabel Montagu-Douglas-Scott. [3] Caught in a current in the Solway Firth, she was convinced that she was going to die and she prayed to God, begging for a miracle to save her life in exchange for her devoting herself to public service: The next instant my feet touched rocks. [8][9][6] A painting by her, done near Archers Post in Kenya, is today part of the Royal Collection. Alice wore a blush-hued wedding gown, the only British royal bride to do so. A video of HRH Princess Alice launching a ship at Devonport, UK, Lady Alice Christabel Montagu Douglas-Scott, John Montagu Douglas Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch, John Montagu Douglas Scott, Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, Leonilla, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St. John, Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch, William Montagu Douglas Scott, 6th Duke of Buccleuch, "Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester – Charities and patronages", "Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester – Childhood and early life", "Royal Family throws early 100th birthday party for princess who hated society life", "HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester", "Princess Alice, oldest ever royal, dies", "Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester – Marriage and family", "Duchess of Gloucester launches a cruiser", "Princess Alice of Britain, 102, Aunt of Queen, Dies", "H.R.H.
The daughter of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch, Scotland's largest landowner, she became by marriage a princess of the United Kingdom, and a sister-in-law to Edward VIII and George VI. [11], The Duchess's bridesmaids were her sister, the Lady Angela Montagu-Douglas-Scott; her nieces Clare Phipps, Lady Elizabeth Montagu-Douglas-Scott, and Anne Hawkins; her husband's nieces Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret of York; her cousin Moyra Montagu-Douglas-Scott; and her husband's cousin Lady Mary Cambridge. Her first cousin, Marian Louisa, Lady Elmhirst, was the paternal grandmother of Sarah, Duchess of York, former wife of Alice's great-nephew, Prince Andrew, Duke of York. She was 102.

[7] Alice enjoyed skiing, horse-riding and hunting and was also an accomplished watercolourist. She became by marriage a princess of the United Kingdom when she wed HRH The Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. She was a sister-in-law to Edward VIII and George VI. Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, VA, GCVO, GBE (Alice Mary Victoria Augusta Pauline; 25 February 1883 – 3 January 1981) was a member of the British royal family.She is the longest-lived British princess by descent, and was the last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria.She also held the titles of Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duchess in Saxony from birth, as well as being a Princess of Teck by … [23] In 1981, she first published her memoirs under the title The Memoirs of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. Princess Alice was extremely well travelled, both before and after her marriage.
The Duchess gave birth two to sons: Prince William of Gloucester and Prince Richard, 2nd Duke of Gloucester. [3][6], She attended the independent St James's School for Girls, in West Malvern, Worcestershire, and later travelled to France, Kenya and India. But she was painfully shy, so that conversation with her was sometimes halting and unrewarding, for you felt that she had so much more to say, but could not bring herself to say it. [4][6] On the occasion she wrote "I was sitting beside him to grab the wheel or put my foot on the brake if he fell asleep and lost control, but on that occasion I must have dozed off myself. [3], Alice spent much of her childhood travelling "between splendid houses":[4] Boughton House in Northamptonshire, Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway, and Bowhill in the Scottish Borders. [10] In Kenya, where she stayed for over a year, from about 1929–1931, she stayed in the area typical of the so-called Happy Valley set and encountered many of the personalities of said clique, including Evelyn Waugh. "Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester CI GCStJ GCB GBE GCVO (née Alice Christabel Montagu Douglas Scott; 25 December 1901 – 29 October 2004) was a member of the British Royal Family, the wife and then widow of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, the third son of George V and Mary of Teck.

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