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Princess Beatrice of Battenberg; Queen Victoria

1 of 2 portraits on display on the Staircase at Bodelwyddan Castle

Princess Beatrice of Battenberg; Queen Victoria, by Unknown artist, late 1860s-early 1870s - NPG 5828 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Princess Beatrice of Battenberg; Queen Victoria

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, late 1860s-early 1870s
52 1/2 in. x 40 1/4 in. (1332 mm x 1022 mm)
Purchased, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG 5828


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  • Princess Beatrice of Battenberg (1857-1944), Fifth and youngest daughter of Queen Victoria; wife of Prince Henry of Battenberg. Sitter in 95 portraits.
  • Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 494 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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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 and 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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