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Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece Hardcover – 30 Nov 2000

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; First Edition edition (30 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241136865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241136867
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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"By crafting the perfect blend of juicy gossip and historical details, Vickers makes it abundantly clear why Alice deserves to be known as more than just the queen's mother-in-law."

"Neither Alice, nor Vickers disappoints. An amusingly compelling --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Hugo Vickers was born in 1951 and educated at Eton and Strasbourg University. He is the author of biographies of GLADYS, DUCHESS OF MARLBOROUGH; CECIL BEATON; VIVIEN LEIGH; LOVING GARBO; ROYAL ORDERS; THE PRIVATE WORLD OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR and THE KISS. He lives in London and Hampshire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hugo Vickers has been remarkably open about his subject in this splendid biography. It would have been so easy to write the hagiography one would more usually expect on a person who was the current monarch's mother-in-law.

Sorry, but I have to disagree with a previous reviewer who said by the end of the book he didn't regard Princess Alice's behaviour as bizarre. I think it's undeniable that her behaviour in the latter half of her life was very strange indeed - that, however, doesn't make her any the less loveable or less of a 'good person'. The blunt descriptions of her troubles make it very easy to see WHY she was a bit of an oddball, but oddball she certainly was.

I thoroughly recommend this book, not only for the history unavoidably contained in the story, but as an insight into the life of an attractive and appealing personality forced by circumstance to endure a great deal of turmoil and hardship.
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The fact that this book keeps one spell-bound, has little to do with "being-in-awe-with-royalty" but very much so with a feeling of amazement about all that this noble lady has accomplished in life.. Despite being born deaf and in an extremely demanding environment (royal circles)...Alice developped skills that would take her far beyond any other 'royal' life! Reading the story of her life, one can only admire her courage to continue..despite all & everything that worked against her.. Her (extremely!) difficult years..when she was cut off from her own family/children and was treated in 'hospitals'...all the hardship she endured..! And..reading about her social skills..the way she cared about those who needed care.. The affection she had for her family..the bond with her sister Louise (Queen of Sweden)..her relation to her daughters & her son Philip, present Duke of Edimburgh.. A book WELL worth buying and a book to cherish!!
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Prince Philip is often overlooked as a person in his own right, this book gives a fascinating insight into his mother's unusual life and Philip's unsettled childhood. Princess Alice was a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria, sister to Lord Louis Mountbatten and wife of Prince Andrea of Greece. She was born at Windsor Castle, was brought up in the periphery of the extended Royal family and moved to Greece upon her marriage. She gave birth to four daughters before her only son Philip was born. She was exiled from Greece twice with her husband facing trial for treason. This book reveals for the first time the truth surrounding Princess Alice's breakdown during the 1930s, a period which saw her draw away from her ever growing family. Her husband became an increasingly remote figure, both emotionally and geographically and it was only with his death that Alice was able to reclaim his love.
With Philip's marriage to Princess Elizabeth, heir apparent to the British throne, the reclusive Alice was drawn back into public awareness, an unusual figure in her grey habit at both the Royal Wedding and later at the Coronation.
Hugo Vickers has produced an insightful biography of a fascinating and often forgotten woman, the mother-in-law of the Queen. This book is extremely well-researched and accredited, and as well as being tremendously factual is also a compelling and totally enjoyable read.
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I enjoyed this book - those avid royal watchers amongst us always relish a weighty tome on a previously unexplored royal! Hugo Vickers has done some masterful research and is to be applauded for his efforts. He readily acknowledges the difficulty of his task as his subject destroyed all her papers. However, at times this book reads like a school essay - then she did this, then she did that, then she did the other, without really telling us WHY. I felt that the reasons WHY she became mentally ill and for so long could have been explored still further. At times Alice comes across as a spoilt, selfish, ungrateful being who abandoned her family yet was happy to accept their money, and at other times I felt such a huge sympathy for her plights. I suppose this is the dichotomy in her character that Vickers is trying to explain - yet at the end I was still left wanting to know more. The book portrays Victoria Milford Haven (Alice's mother) as the most interesting in the saga - let's have a full scale biography of her please!!!
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Format: Hardcover
A number of years ago, a tabloid newspaper published the results of a survey, which revealed that the majority of the British public could not name the parents of the Duke of Edinburgh. Dennis Judd's biography, "Prince Philip" quotes the Duke as quipping, 'I don't think anyone thinks I had a father. Most people think that Dickie [the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma] is my father anyway'. Hugo Vickers' biography of the Duke's mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg puts the record straight once and for all. It is a book that will attract both the newcomer to royal biography and the reader with a passionate interest in the minutiae of royal life and the intricate genealogy of the individuals that peopled the courts of Europe.
Princess Alice was born at Windsor Castle, a great-granddaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria. She bore a German title until her marriage to the tall, fair, and handsome Prince Andrew ('Andrea') of Greece, who was half-Danish and half-Russian. All four of her daughters married German princes, and she lived to see two granddaughters marry into the former Royal Family of Yugoslavia. She died in Buckingham Palace seventeen years after her daughter-in-law inherited Queen Victoria's throne, yet she lies buried in the Russian Orthodox Church of St Mary Magdalen in Jerusalem. In telling the extraordinary story of a cosmopolitan princess, Hugo Vickers has employed a vast quantity of primary material, including interviews with family and friends closest to the subject, to produce a vivid royal portrait. The author re-introduces the winsome child in pink and white in Louis Tuxen's painting of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee as an infant already battling against deafness and retains her as the central figure in a vast milieu.
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