WIN Your Copy of ‘A Most English Princess’
A debut novel of British royalty and European history, A MOST ENGLISH PRINCESS tells the romantic and tragic story of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal. Written by award-winning journalist, Clare McHugh, this is the true story of Princess “Vicky” based on a cache of letters smuggled out of Germany that her son, Kaiser Wilhelm, wanted to destroy forever.
While Queen Victoria has been the subject of countless biographies, the leading character in best-selling historical novels, the star of Hollywood films, and most recently the subject of a long-running ITV drama with Jenna Coleman, very little has been recounted of the life of Princess Victoria, or “Vicky” as she was called, the eldest of the nine children of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
In A MOST ENGLISH PRINCESS: A Novel of Queen Victoria’s Daughter, Clare McHugh imagines the life of the young, self-assured and inquisitive Princess. Growing up in the Royal Court, the apple of her father’s eye, she left England to become her Imperial Royal Highness the German Empress and Queen of Prussia, wife of Frederick III, the German Kaiser.
Princess Victoria was a determined, idealistic woman whose impact on history is too often over-looked. At the centre of the Prussian royal family and with a progressive outlook shaped by her father, she had a profound and lasting influence on politics and German unity in an emergent modern Europe.
Clare McHugh was born in London, and grew up in the U.S. The discovery of an old photo of her great-grandfather, a coachman, driving King Edward VII and his nephew Kaiser Wilhelm II on their way to Osborne House, spurred her interest in how the British and German royal families intertwined.
McHugh undertook extensive and immersive research, including combing through a stash of nearly 4,000 of Vicky’s letters, many to her mother, which were secreted out of Germany shortly before her death in 1901. As McHugh delved into the life of this admirable but ill-fated princess, she made a poignant realization: Princess Victoria was the last person passed over for the English throne because she was female!
We have 5 copies of A MOST ENGLISH PRINCESS: A Novel of Queen Victoria’s Daughter to give away to Royal Life readers.
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Of Queen Victoria’s nine children, how many were females?
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Remember to include your name, address, email and contact number. The competition deadline is 30th April 2021. The winner will be selected at random and revealed in issue 51, and on the Royal Life Facebook page.