Princess Beatrice of Battenberg

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Princess Beatrice of Battenberg, by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, 1908 - NPG 5166 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Princess Beatrice of Battenberg

by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida
oil on canvas, 1908
50 3/4 in. x 38 3/8 in. (1289 mm x 975 mm)
Given by Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Health Authority, 1977
Primary Collection
NPG 5166

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Beatrice, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, was called 'Baby' by her mother well into adult life. As a child she resolved never to marry but fell in love with Prince Harry of Battenberg when she was twenty-seven. This caused great distress to her mother for whom she acted as companion and secretary; only after the intervention of Beatrice's eldest sister did the queen agree to the marriage. She did so on condition that the couple lived in England and that Beatrice continued to act as her private secretary.

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