Princess Alice of Battenberg
In full, VICTORIA ALICE ELIZABETH JULIA MARIE, PRINCESS ANDREW OF GREECE
The mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and sister of Lord Mountbatten.
She suffered from deafness, but
could lip-read in four languages. She married Prince Andrew of Greece in
1903, but did not become Orthodox until 1928, when she and her husband
were living as exiles in France after the 1922 revolution. Soon afterwards,
she experienced psychological problems, and spent a number of years in
mental institutions. In 1938 she moved to Athens, where she devoted her
resources to helping the poor. During the German occupation, she hid
several Jews from the Gestapo. In 1944, she became an Orthodox nun on
the island of Tinos, and in 1949 founded a community called
the Christian Sisterhood of Martha and Mary, modelled on the
one established in Russia by her aunt St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess.
After the Coup of the
Colonels in 1967, she moved to England, where she died in 1969
at the age of 84.
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