Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1915–1980)
7 April 1915|
Crown Princely Palace, Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia, Empire of Germany
2 October 1980 (aged 65)|
Starnberg, Bavaria, West Germany
|Burial||Hohenzollern Castle Crypt, Hohenzollern Castle, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany|
|Father||Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany|
|Mother||Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
Princess Alexandrine Irene of Prussia (7 April 1915 – 2 October 1980) was the eldest daughter and fifth child of Wilhelm, German Crown Prince, and Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Her grandparents were Wilhelm II, German Emperor and his wife Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, and Frederick Francis III of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia. Alexandrine was a member of the House of Hohenzollern.
Alexandrine was born at the Kronprinzenpalais (Crown Prince's Palace) in Berlin. Her middle name of Irene (Greek for "peace") was likely given due to her birth during the second year of World War I. She followed older brothers Wilhelm, Louis Ferdinand, Hubertus, and Frederick. Alexandrine's only sister, Cecilie, was born in 1917. Alexandrine known by the nickname of "Adini" within her family.
It became clear shortly after Alexandrine's birth that she was affected with Down Syndrome. Unlike other royal children with special needs, Alexandrine was not hidden away. She appeared in official family photographs and at events. She was cared for primarily by her nurse, Selma Boese. As a teenager, Alexandrine attended the Trüpersche Sonderschule, a school dedicated to the education of young women with special needs.
Alexandrine was confirmed along with her sister Cecilie in October 1934.
Later Life and Death
Alexandrine died in 1980 and is buried near her parents and brother Frederick at Hohenzollern Castle.
- Russell, Gareth (August 6, 2014). The Emperors: How Europe's Rulers Were Destroyed by the First World War. Amberley Publishing Limited,. p. 30.
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