Woodbine and dating with a cause
Almuth Reuter, whose mother ran a boarding house in Cologne, remembers their unusual guest.
‘She used to sit on the terrace, staring up into the sky,’ Almuth recalls. ” and she said, “St Barbara.” I sat in her lap, she took me in her arms and said, “Just like my son, my Philip.”’Alice wanted Philip, now 16, to live with her in Athens (the Greek monarchy having been restored in 1935). And by 1941, Alice was stranded in Nazi-occupied Greece.
When the Gestapo became suspicious, Alice made her deafness an excuse for not answering their questions.
When she was posthumously honoured as Righteous Among The Nations – the highest Israeli honour to non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust – Prince Philip said, ‘She would have considered it a natural reaction to fellow beings in distress.’After the war, diamonds from Alice’s tiara were reset so Philip had an engagement ring to present to Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen.
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- How Frank Survived Poverty is something that many of us will never have to face.
They were met with only more hardships in their native country.
Frank may not have had many materialistic items or a very good father but he did many things that helped him along the way....
As her niece, Lady Pamela Hicks, explains, ‘She was absolutely dotty about him.
Really, deeply in love.’She was diagnosed as schizophrenic, and when treatment in a Berlin clinic failed – on the advice of Sigmund Freud her womb was blasted with X-rays to cure her of frustrated sexual desires – she was admitted to a Swiss sanatorium.
Her brother, Lord Mountbatten, sent food parcels – which she gave to the needy.
Then, for more than a year, she hid a Jewish family on the top floor of her house, only yards from Gestapo headquarters.Now, a Channel 4 documentary, The Queen’s Mother In Law, featuring previously unseen footage and interviews with Alice’s nieces – Prince Philip’s cousins – tells the forgotten story of the Queen’s most unconventional relative.