Twelve questions about Princess Alice of Hesse-and-By-Rhine
1. Alice’s full name was Alice Maud Mary – in whose honour was the name ‘Mary’ included?
2. Which of her godfathers arrived ‘just in time to be too late’ for her christening?
3. After Lady Lyttelton had retired, what was the name of Alice’s governess?
4. In which city (then a town) in northern England did Alice make her first official appearance?
5. How old was Alice when she first witnessed an assassination attempt on her mother?
6. Which – then potentially fatal – illness did Alice contract in 1855?
7. Which housing reformer took Alice incognito through the London slums and later advised her on housing improvements in Darmstadt?
8. Which novel by Sir Walter Scott was Alice reading to her father in the days leading up to his death?
9. Which controversial theologian, who dedicated a book to Alice, gained great influence over her and, according to the French Ambassador, ‘shook her faith to the depths’?
10. Which English reformer who had done much to improve the education of girls in India accompanied Alice through the schools in Darmstadt following the Congress of Women, which the princess has organised?
11. After whose death did Alice write to her mother: “You understand, how long and deep my grief must be,” she wrote. “And does not one grow to love one’s grief, as having become part of the being one loved – as if through this one could still pay a tribute of love to them, to make up for the terrible loss, and missing of not being able to do anything for the beloved anymore?”
12. What were Alice’s last words?