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Princess Viktoria of Prussia
Princess Adolf of Schaumburg-Lippe
An official portrait of Princess Viktoria of Prussia
Spouse Prince Adolf of Schaumburg-Lippe
Alexander Zoubkoff
House House of Lippe
House of Hohenzollern
Father Emperor Frederick III
Mother Victoria, Princess Royal
Born 12 April 1866(1866-04-12)
New Palace, Potsdam, Germany
Died November 13, 1929
(&0000000000000063.00000063 years, &0000000000000215.000000215 days)
Hospital of St. Francis, Bonn, Germany
Burial Schloss Friedrichshof, Kronberg im Taunus, Germany

Princess Viktoria of Prussia (Friederike Amalia Wilhelmine Viktoria) (12 April 1866 – 13 November 1929) was the second daughter of Frederick III of Germany (1831–1888) and his wife, the former Princess Victoria, Princess Royal (1840–1901) daughter of Queen Victoria. To the public she was always Princess Viktoria, and in the family she was called Moretta or Young Vicky.

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Relationship to Alexander of Battenberg

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Queen Victoria with her children and grandchildren in 1884 at Balmoral. From left to right, Princess Marie of Edinburgh (seated), Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, the Duchess of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria (seated), Princess Viktoria of Prussia, Victoria, Crown Princess of Prussia (seated) and The Princess Beatrice.

Viktoria was baptised on her grandmothers birthday 24 May 1866 at Potsdam Palace. Like her sisters, Princess Sophie and Princess Margaret, Viktoria was devoted to her mother and embraced English ways. As a young woman, Viktoria fell in love with Prince Alexander of Battenberg, who became Prince Alexander of Bulgaria. Her parents wanted the couple to marry, but Viktoria's grandfather, Emperor Wilhelm I and his chancellor, Otto von Bismarck were opposed to the match: they were afraid that if Viktoria married Alexander ('Sandro'), Russia would be offended, as Alexander's actions in Bulgaria were irritating the Russians. A vicious and bitter war of words was fought, but eventually, Viktoria's parents had to back down, and the young princess gave up all hope of marrying Sandro.

Marriage to Adolf of Schaumburg-Lippe

She ended up marrying Prince Adolf of Schaumburg-Lippe on 19 November 1890. The marriage was childless after an early miscarriage in the first few months of marriage. Adolf died in 1916.

Despite being technically on the German side in World War I, Viktoria was very sympathetic to the British cause. After the war, she met her cousin, George V, King of Great Britain and expressed the wish that they would all be friends again soon. George told her he did not think this would be possible for a great many years.

Second marriage

Princess Viktoria of Prussia with her second husband, Alexander Zoubkoff, 1927.

On 19 November 1927, despite the strong disapproval of her brothers and sisters,[1] Viktoria married Alexander Zoubkoff (25 September 1901 – 28 January 1936), a Russian refugee described as a "dancer"[2], who was 35 years her junior. By this time her finances were in a precarious state, and Zoubkoff proceeded to squander much of the little money that remained on his own private amusements, rarely returning to the matrimonial home.[3] Eventually Viktoria was obliged to call in the receivers and to sell off the contents of the Schaumburg Palace by auction, the sale being conducted by the Cologne auctioneers M. Lempertz.[4] The sale attracted far less interest than had been anticipated, and The Times described much of the bidding as "spiritless"; it was estimated that the proceeds from the auction would have covered only one-third of her debts (which were reported to have been 900,000 marks, or £45,000 sterling).[5] After leaving the Schaumburg Palace, she moved into a single furnished room in the Bonn suburb of Mehlem. She was on the point of divorcing Zoubkoff on the grounds that his behaviour had resulted in his expulsion from Germany, he was unable to maintain her, and that "conjugal relations did not exist".[6], but only a few days after this announcement became public she fell seriously ill with pneumonia, dying in a Bonn hospital on 13 November 1929.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

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Honours

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References

  1. ^ J. Van Der Kiste, Kaiser Wilhelm II: Germany's Last Emperor. Stroud (Glos.), Sutton Publishing, 1999, p. 212.
  2. ^ The Times, Monday 21 November 1927, p. 14.
  3. ^ Van Der Kiste, p. 213.
  4. ^ The Times, Friday 4 October 1929, p. 25.
  5. ^ The Times, Wednesday 16 October 1929, p. 13.
  6. ^ The Times, Monday 4 November 1929, p. 11.

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