Princess Helena of The United Kingdom – Unknown Facts

Today we will talk about the Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, her life, and how it influenced British history.

The English monarchy has been a popular topic for centuries. The Royal Family is often mentioned in conversation, and Queen Victoria’s name always comes up when discussing them – she was one of the most significant royalty ever to grace this country with their presence.

Princess Helena, the third child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, was a princess who became an empress despite being overshadowed by her siblings.

The story we will be telling today begins with how she came into this world where it is said that while both sets of parents were quite pleased with having three children after two sons (the other being Princess Louise), there could never really be filling their cups again because now they had another girl. What these people didn’t realize, though, is just what kind of drama awaited them- especially since one would eventually reign over England as Her Majesty The Dowager Empress Of India.

Princess Helena of the United Kingdom in 1882
Princess Helena of the United Kingdom photographed by Alexander Bassano, c. 1882 | Images: Alexander Bassano, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

So let’s discuss who the real Princess Helena of the United Kingdom was.

Early Life

Helena was the third child and first daughter of Queen Victoria, born on May 25th, 1846, in Buckingham Palace. A difficult birth that lasted quite long for her mother (the queen) but luckily ended positively with no problems afterward.

The young Princess Helena of the United Kingdom had a passion for art and crafting that pleased her mother, the queen. But it wasn’t long before Louise took over, surpassing all other children in music and drama with ease while growing up to be more favored by Victoria than ever before – even though she still loved spending time on crafts herself.

portrait of Princess Helena of the United Kingdom with her brother alfred
Princess Helena (right) with her brother Prince Alfred. Helena was Alfred’s favourite sister. | Portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

When Princess Helena of the United Kingdom lost her father, she was just 15 years old. At that time, the United Kingdom’s heir to the throne died abruptly and unexpectedly in 1868 – aged 42.

It is said that his death left princesses devastated. All the royal children rushed into royal duties with dedication because they were required by their mother, Queen Victoria, who relied heavily on them after Albert’s passing.”

Helena was said to have been too emotional for this responsibility. She would often burst into tears, which became a burden on her emotionally because nobody wanted that kind of attention from their boss all the time.

portrait Princess Helena of the United Kingdom 1865
Portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1865). Currently at the Royal Collection. | Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Princess Helena’s Marriage

Middle children are often overlooked in society, but not for long. Princess Helena Of The United Kingdom found herself to be a middle child with low prospects of marrying into power.

Princess Helena of the United Kingdom with her husband prince Christian in 1865 after theri engagement
Princess Helena and Prince Christian, part of a series of photographs following their engagement in 1865 | Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Princess Helena of the United Kingdom was to marry Prince Christian, though this would cause rifts in her family.

Princess Alexandra’s marriage to Prince Christian upset the Princess Alexandra of Wales greatly.

Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, her husband | Image: Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Helena’s marriage to Prince Albert was happy despite their different personalities.

The royal family had a quiet life, with Prince preferring to stay home and care for his children. They were said to have been fairly content with each other’s company.

He spent most days working from the office in London while Princess Helena minded their housework alongside being an excellent mother figure for all those who lived under her roof.

Princess Helena’s Charity Work

Princess Helena of the United Kingdom in 1910
Princess Helena in 1910 | Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Helena’s passion for nursing led to her becoming one of the founding members and first woman on staff at The British Red Cross. She worked tirelessly with other charity organizations like St John’s Home Mission which provided food relief during London’s harsh winter season in 1886– supplying 3 thousand meals.

Queen Victoria died in 1901. Helena and Christian moved to London. They had a quiet life. During the Boer War, Helena’s son was killed.

Her husband, Christian, died in 1917. Helena outlived him by six years before dying in 1923 on June 9th. She was 77 and survived by 3 of her children.

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