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The German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Queen Victoria’s eldest grandchild, had a love-hate relationship with his British royal cousins. But he was a well-received guest at Kingston Lacy where he stayed for a week in 1907.  Wilhelm sent this terracotta bust of himself to Henrietta Bankes, the chatelaine of Kingston Lacy, after his departure. He had been quite taken with the widowed Mrs Bankes, who spoke high German and had travelled the courts of Europe in her youth.

The German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Queen Victoria’s eldest grandchild, had a love-hate relationship with his British royal cousins. But he was a well-received guest at Kingston Lacy where he stayed for a week in 1907. Wilhelm sent this terracotta bust of himself to Henrietta Bankes, the chatelaine of Kingston Lacy, after his departure. He had been quite taken with the widowed Mrs Bankes, who spoke high German and had travelled the courts of Europe in her youth.

Prince Ernest Louis-Ludwig Charles Albert William “Ernie” (1868-1937) Hesse, & 2nd wife Princess Eleonore (1871-1937) Solms-Hohensolms-Lich, Ernest Louis married Eleonore in 1905 after recovering from a much criticized divorce from his 1st cousin Princess Victoria Melita “Ducky” on grounds of "invincible mutual antipathy"

Prince Ernest Louis-Ludwig Charles Albert William “Ernie” (1868-1937) Hesse, & 2nd wife Princess Eleonore (1871-1937) Solms-Hohensolms-Lich, Ernest Louis married Eleonore in 1905 after recovering from a much criticized divorce from his 1st cousin Princess Victoria Melita “Ducky” on grounds of "invincible mutual antipathy"

This image version © Ann Longmore-Etheridge Collection.  Wikipedia:  Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel; later the Prince Consort; 26 August 1819 – 14 December 1861) was the husband of Queen Victoria.  He was born in the Saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld to a family connected to many of Europe's ruling monarchs. At the age of twenty he married his first cousin, Queen Victoria, with whom he would ultimately have nine children. Initially he felt…

This image version © Ann Longmore-Etheridge Collection. Wikipedia: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel; later the Prince Consort; 26 August 1819 – 14 December 1861) was the husband of Queen Victoria. He was born in the Saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld to a family connected to many of Europe's ruling monarchs. At the age of twenty he married his first cousin, Queen Victoria, with whom he would ultimately have nine children. Initially he felt…

Grand Duchess Victoria. Her first husband was her paternal first cousin, Ernest of Hesse (brother of Empress Alexandra).  Victoria scandalized the royal families of Europe when she divorced her husband in 1901 and began an affair with Grand Duke Krill, who was also her cousin. They married in 1905 without the Tsar's permission resulting in Nicholas II banishing his cousins from Russia. Eventually, they were allowed to return in 1910.

Grand Duchess Victoria. Her first husband was her paternal first cousin, Ernest of Hesse (brother of Empress Alexandra). Victoria scandalized the royal families of Europe when she divorced her husband in 1901 and began an affair with Grand Duke Krill, who was also her cousin. They married in 1905 without the Tsar's permission resulting in Nicholas II banishing his cousins from Russia. Eventually, they were allowed to return in 1910.

The Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna (Her Imperial and Royal Highness, the Duchess of Edinburgh) did not age very well as she added weight to her face and upper body.  Here we see her as the young and fresh Grand Duchess that so charmed Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, the  Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

The Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna (Her Imperial and Royal Highness, the Duchess of Edinburgh) did not age very well as she added weight to her face and upper body. Here we see her as the young and fresh Grand Duchess that so charmed Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, the Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Portrait photograph of the Princess of Wales (1844-1925), later Queen Alexandra, wearing court dress, 1880s

Portrait photograph of the Princess of Wales (1844-1925), later Queen Alexandra, wearing court dress, 1880s

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