The Prince of Wales’s likeness to his great-grandmother Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine stunned admirers of the heir to the throne. Yvette Henson took to Twitter and posted pictures of Prince Charles alongside Princess Victoria, who was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
She captioned the post: “It’s amazing how much Prince Charles looks like his great-grandmother (Prince Philip’s grandmother) Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine later Victoria Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven.”
Princess Victoria was born in 1863 and went on to marry Prince Louis of Battenberg. The couple had four children and among them was Princess Alice – Prince Philip’s mother, making Princess Victoria Charles’s great-grandmother.
She was widowed in 1921 and ended up helping to raise and educate Prince Philip following his mother’s institutionalisation and divorce.
The Duke of Edinburgh would recall: “I liked my grandmother very much and she was always helpful.
“She was very good with children. She took the practical approach to them.
“She treated them in the right way – the right combination of the rational and the emotional.”
Victoria spent a great deal of her life living at Kensington Palace where she died on September 24, 1950.
She is buried next to her husband at St. Mildred’s Church on the Isle of Wight.
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She will mark Accession Day in private as is customary, but there will be four days of national events to mark her Platinum Jubilee in June.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament on Wednesday: “While it is a moment for national celebration, it will be a day of mixed emotions for Her Majesty as the day also marks 70 years since the death of her beloved father George VI.”
Buckingham Palace released footage on Friday ahead of Sunday’s landmark. It shows the Queen viewing items from previous royal jubilees, including a fan given to her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria to mark her 50th year on the throne in 1887.
In 2015, Elizabeth, 95, overtook Victoria as Britain’s longest-reigning sovereign in a line that traces its roots back to Norman King William I and his 1066 conquest of England.
Prince Charles has said the 70th anniversary is a moment other people were more excited about than his mother.
The Queen, speaking in 2015, said: “Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones – my own is no exception.”
She added that the record was not one to which she ever aspired.
Professor Vernon Bogdanor, an expert in British constitutional history, told Reuters: “She’s almost beyond criticism, I think.
“It’s not that she’s never put a foot wrong. It’s more positive than that. She somehow instinctively understands what you might call the soul of the British people.”