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Date Posted: 17:04:12 10/30/04 Sat
I would like to express my sadness at the death of Princess Alice at the age of 102. She was the wife of the third son of George V and the Queen's aunt. Her passing is, to me, a reminder of the history and traditions that are being stolen or lost to us all and which provides an opportunity to reaffirm my support for the Monarchy and the sense of continuity it provides.
I have never met or seen her personally but to me that is irrelevant. It is only important that she has lived. People will ask 'what has she ever done for me' to which I will respond that she helped provide a collective vision of my history through her service to the people provided by the system of noblesse oblige. Upon reading her obituaries one becomes more aware of how this "Britishness" which we are all a part of, is personified through the extended Royal family. It also provides us with the collective opportunity to find a modicum of humility about the fragility and wonder of life itself, from which we can all gain, by the act of sharing a moment of grief for and through the Royals themselves.
From around the Commonwealth, here are a few of the tributes that have started to come in through the services of the BBC:
A wonderful lady who showed, even though she was not born royal, how royalty should conduct themselves.
Beverley Hughes, Perth, Western Australia
Why do people feel the need to so sadly morn the death of a very privileged woman who lived to a ripe old age? Fair play to her if she did a lot to charity etc. but let's stop this irrational and archaic awe of royals and the idea that they are special. There are so many much sadder things happening in our society than the death of this one old woman.
Rob Ganly, London
I met Princess Alice in Kenya, where we discussed my Farm, which I have now lost. She was a lovely lady. Keith
Keith McNaughton, Harare, Zimbabwe
I Understand she was a very nice person and liked painting but what did she ever actually do for a living? Please enlighten me.
Rob Edwards, Congleton, Sheshire
She was the first member of the Royal Family I ever saw. I was in the crowd when she visited her sons' school in Broadstairs in the 1950s. I remember her giving me a lovely smile.
Ronald Boxall, Bristol
I had the privilege of meeting HRH on several occasions whilst I was in school in Oundle, UK. Princess Alice then lived in Barnwell and always took a great interest in the local schools, students and residents. The most memorable moment of meeting the Princess was when I attended an outdoor function at the Barnwell Palace in the dead of winter. I was then in the Army Cadets and was there on duty in uniform, but without gloves. HRH spotted me and gestured for me to come over. I came to a halt, snapped a fine salute, proceeded to bow, when she simply took my hand and started rubbing them to warm them. What a lovely lady, what a moment, I will always remember the thoughtfulness of that kind act. My thoughts go to all her family.
Mal Woodcock, Biloxi, USA
It is sad to hear the passing of one so well-regarded, so dignified and so worthy of a nation's love, about whom my generation knew so little.
Hapag Lloyd, Tunbridge Wells
As a life-long, loyal and passionate supporter of our Royal Family, I am deeply aggrieved to learn of the death of HRH Princess Alice. I send my sincere condolences to HRH's family.
Timothy Ferres, Belfast, UK
Princess Alice? I didn't know we had a Princess Alice. Whilst my sincere condolences go to her family and those that knew her well, perhaps we should also spare a thought to remember all the other people that will die today and give thanks for what they may have given to their families and to society.
Jason Cole, London, UK
It is such a shame when one as graceful as HRH Princess Alice passes away. But, one does have to remember she had a good innings and was loved by many. May HRH rest in peace and the Royal Family be strong
Mike, Luton UK
A dignified and caring lady who lived a full and rewarding life. She will be missed.
Jon Harrison, York, England
My condolences go out to the relatives of Princess Alice. She attended the graduation ceremony of Naparima College, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago in 1950 and handed me my Cambridge School Certificate. I had the honour to shake her hand. I am very sorry to hear of her passing but she had a very long life.
Irvine B. Niffikeer, Trinidad and Tobago.
I had the honour and pleasure of working for the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and also Princess Alice, for two years. They were the nicest family you will ever meet. Princess Alice was, as the Queen Mother, the backbone of the royal family and represented the very best of the British monarchy.
Kevin Swales, London
A lady with a beautiful soul who I shall miss. She taught me to paint dewdrops on flower petals and I have done so ever since.
Alice Yardley, Kent, England
Prince Henry and Princess Alice served Australia faithfully and with honour when Prince Henry was our Governor-General in the 1940s. We won't forget her service to our country. Many thanks.
Alexander, Brisbane, Australia
my deepest condolences to the family,
Kathy, Newport, UK
A lovely lady, I met her on several occasions as she was my Colonel in Chief whilst in the armed forces.
Alan Taylor, Leicester, England
What a brave lady to have come through a war and the loss of a son and still do so much work for so many organisations. She touched the hearts of many and will be missed.
Denis Horgan, London
She lived an invigorating life. Went through WWI and II. She gave hope to those of us that lived through WWII. It is sad to know she is not part of us anymore.
Andy Fred Kaplan, Canada
I feel sad about the death of Princess Alice, for although I never met her, I wrote her a letter last year and I got a very nice reply from her lady-in-waiting. It's amazing to think on the things that she lived through and the huge events - such as the abdication - which she was close to. It seems a shame that more people do not know that she was the oldest royal ever.
I am sad to see the passing of someone so old, who always managed to act and behave in the way royalty should.
M L'eek, Bradford England
She was so kind to all those who knew her and who appreciated her wonderful painting skills
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