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Auction: 22066 - Historical Documents, Postal History & Autographs - Featuring the Robin Hunt Collection
Lot: 2159

The Robin Hunt Collection
The Children of Queen Victoria
Princess Alice 1843 - 1878
1862 (1 July) Rare wedding invitation " The Lord Chamberlain is Commanded by THE QUEEN to invite the Master of the Horse to the Ceremony of the Marriage of HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS ALICE with His Grand Ducal Highness THE PRINCE LOUIS OF HESSE at OSBORNE".
Just over six months following the death of the Prince Consort, the wedding ceremony was held in the dining room of Osborne House, with a very limited attendance, Queen Victoria in deepest mourning. This dynastic marriage ended in the premature death of Princess Alice in 1878 following an outbreak of diphtheria in the Hesse household. Her fourth daughter became the last Empress of Russia as wife of Tsar Nicholas II. With two carte de visite and the London Gazette detailing the ceremonial at the marriage ceremony (5)

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