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“The Forgotten Royal”

Princess Alice of Battenberg
Princess Alice top right with Queen Mary

Few people know details about Prince Phillip’s mother, Queen Elizabeth’s mother-in-law, Princess Alice of Battenberg.

As Queen Victoria’s great-granddaughter, Alice was born in Windsor Castle (1885) and died in Buckingham Palace (1969).

Misdiagnosed as schizophrenic in the late 1920s, she was hospitalized against her will and subjected to cruel and primitive medical experimentation, before escaping and disappearing for 5 years.

During WW2 she sheltered notable Jewish refugees in Athens and, later, founded a Greek Orthodox nursing order of nuns. Her amazing inner strength, desire for frugality and deep faith make her one of the twentieth century’s most obscure but fascinating royals.