Talk:Princess Alice of Battenberg

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This article appears to meet all the criteria for a good article, so I'm passing it. Bookworm857158367 15:15, 7 February 2007

Bombardment of Athens[edit]

In the first paragraph of the "Successive life crises" section there is an offhand reference to the "French bombardment of Athens on 1 December 1916." Having never heard of this before I poked around a bit and couldn't find any more info at 1 December, 1916, history of athens, athens, greece, or History of Greece, nor through WWI or any of the obvious sub pages linked from there. I did find a brief discussion of this at History of modern Greece#WWI and linked to that. --john.james (talk) 03:34, 14 August 2008 (UTC)


The article says she was "diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia" but that she recovered and led a productive life thereafter. I didn't think you could do that in those days; did she really recover, or did she really have schizophrenia in the first place? Moonraker12 (talk) 08:29, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

she was confirmed in the Protestant faith[edit]

Which Protestant faith? Church of England? Be specific. Most Protestant faiths don't have any confirmation. jnestorius(talk) 11:43, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

In British legal terms, the "Protestant Faith" means the terms and formularies of the Established Church, i.e., the Church of England, to which all persons in line to the throne must belong. Other "protestants", popularly so-called, are titled Dissenters at law.
Curiously, the word "Protestant" is nowhere found in the Book of Common Prayer. (talk) 17:55, 31 May 2014 (UTC)

Princess Andrew?[edit]

Did Princess Alice really gain the title Princess Andrew?

I saw that edit by some anonymous editor and thought to change it, but searched back to 2007 edits where this had not been changed.

Don't know enough about the topic, so I will leave the edit to someone else, just wanted to point it out!

st_moose (talk) 21:23, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Yes. She got it in virtue of being married to Prince Andrew, in the same way that the present-day Princess Michael of Kent gets her title from her husband. (talk) 11:28, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
I wondered about this; it says "Thereafter, Alice was known by English-speakers as 'Princess Andrew'..." which was news to me (being an English speaker, and English, to boot). I know Pr. Michael uses that form, but I also thought she was the exception. Moonraker12 (talk) 16:04, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

Princess Andrew[edit]

I am starting a new discussion thread because the last one is old. The subject is referred to throughout as either "Princess Alice" or "Princess Andrew" (her married name). The style guidelines (WP:NAME) say that titles should normally only be used in the first sentence. I suggest we refer to her throughout as "Alice", which is how Diana, Princess of Wales is written. TFD (talk) 02:34, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

"Alice" is fine for her youth and prior to marriage, but is neither how she was normally referred to thereafter nor encyclopedic in tone. Diana, who became famous in youth and died before middle-age, was widely referred to as Diana prior to marriage, after divorce and, colloquially, during marriage. English-language media rarely referred to "Alice" as such during or after her lifetime, and other written sources mostly do so in referring to her pre-marital life or status. Let's not fix what ain't broke. FactStraight (talk) 03:11, 18 November 2013 (UTC)
See Yad Yeshem and the Channel Four documentary.[1] Besides, we normally use names without titles, even for kings and queens. Incidentally why is the title "Princess Alice of Battenberg" if she is better known as Princess Andrew? TFD (talk) 04:06, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

--- Alice or Princess Andrew -- in the interest of consistency, suggest that one photo caption be changed from "Alice with her first two children, Margarita and Theodora, c. 1910" to "Princess Andrew with ..." .GeeBee60 (talk) 17:53, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Religious Devotion[edit]

In the documentary film The Queen's Mother in Law (2012), directed by Rob Coldstream, a woman in Cologne who, as a little girl, knew Princess Alice in the 1930s (her mother ran a modest boarding house at which the Princess lived for a while) is interviewed. Said woman recalls how avidly yet peacefully the Princess would stare at the sky, while sitting at the pension's sun roof. She once asked the Princess what was she looking at, what did she see in the sky. Princess Alice calmly responded: "die heilige Barbara"—St Barbara.

A touching reference to a saint who had, like Princess Alice, been kept a prisoner against her will.

Not much sympathy nor understanding have been shown for Princess Alice's unusual—and unusually deep—religious faith and obvious mystical nature. (talk) 18:44, 31 May 2014 (UTC)