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 Alice

Alice

Birth
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Death 29 Oct 2004 (aged 102)
Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Burial Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England
Memorial ID 9735096 · View Source
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British Royalty. Born Lady Alice Christabel Montagu-Douglas-Scott, third daughter of the seventh Duke of Buccleuch and Lady Margaret Alice Bridgeman, at Montagu House, the family's London mansion in Whitehall. As Edwardian aristocracy, she made her debut into society in 1919, at a dance given by the King and Queen. In 1924 she began travels which took her to Africa, India, and successfully smuggled herself into Afghanistan. After her return home, she married Henry William Frederick Albert Windsor, 1st Duke of Gloucester, the son of George V and Queen Mary in November 1935 at Buckingham Palace. Following two miscarriages, the couple had two sons. During the Second World War, she was commissioned as a WAAF, and became the head of the organization in 1943. She was involved in the Red Cross, the Order of St John, and the Women's Voluntary Service for Civil Defence, and was a trained member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment. In 1965 the Gloucesters were involved in a automobile accident, in which she was injured and her husband was thought to have had a stroke, her husband's health deteriorated from this point, suffering a debilitating stroke in 1968. In August 1972, her elder son, Prince William, was killed in a air crash, her husband died two years later. The Duchess then assumed the title of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. In 1975 she became the first Lady Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. In 1983 she published her memoirs, followed by an album of photographs published to mark her 90th birthday. Erosion of the family estate by death duties forced her to leave Barnwell Manor, her home for 58 years, and retire to her old apartment at Kensington Palace. Her last public appearance was shortly before her 100th birthday, when she was accompanied by her nieces, the Queen and Princess Margaret, at a parade at Kensington Palace in her honor. She became the eldest recorded member of the royal family. She passed peacefully in her sleep at 102 years 10 months.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 31 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9735096
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alice (25 Dec 1901–29 Oct 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9735096, citing Royal Burial Ground, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .