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Great Britain: THE VERY IMPORTANT GENERAL OFFICER'S SCARLET FULL DRESS TUNIC OF GENERAL H.R.H. PRINCE CHRISTIAN (Son-in-law to Queen Victoria). This tunic is attributed to General H.R.H. Prince Frederick Christian Charles Augustus of Schleswig-Holstein, a member of the British Royal Family through the marriage to Princess Helena, fifth daughter of Queen Victoria. Scarlet melton cloth with dark blue facings to the cuff and collar. Both are decorated with gold bullion lace of oak leaf and acorn design. To the left breast loop provision for medals and loops for no fewer than seven breast orders. Complete with fire gilt General Officer’s pattern buttons. Interior with quilted cotton lining and original ink name label "Gen HRH Prince Christian 1911". Scarlet and bullion remains very fresh, shoulder boards absent, silk lining shot in parts O/W Grade II+. A Very Rare Tunic. Prince Frederick Christian Charles Augustus of Schleswig - Holstein was born in 1831, and in 1866 he met Princess Helena, 5th daughter of Queen Victoria. They became engaged later that year and Victoria gave permission for them to marry and settle in England. The Prince's military career included ADC, to Queen Victoria and he was promoted to General in 1877. With further ADC appointments to Edward VII and George V. With this tunic dated 1911, it is presumed that it was ordered for the Coronation of George V which took place at Westminster Abbey on the 22nd July 1911. Prince died in 1917. …Prince Christian (22 January 1831 - 28 October 1917) was a minor German prince who became a member of the British Royal Family through his marriage to Princess Helena of the United Kingdom (25 May 1846 - 9 June 1923), the fifth child and third daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Prince Christian was born in Augustenburg, Denmark. He was the second son of Christian August, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg -Augustenburg and his wife, Countess Louise of Danneskjold-Sams°c. Prince Christian was enthically perhaps the most Danish Prince of the Danish Royal Dynasty in his generation (which was the generation when Denmark came to its most recent succession crisis, of details accounted at his cousin's article: Louise of Hesse). His family belonged to the House of Oldenburg, the royal house which numbered all medieval Scandinavian royal dynasties among its distant forefathers. Christian's paternal grandfather happened to have both grandfathers who were "Royal" dukes from the Oldenburg dynasty. What was different compared with ancestries of their rival relatives, was Christian's specific ancestry among current Danish high nobility. His mother was from an ancient Danish family (Danneskiold-Samsoc), and his paternal grandmother Louise Auguste of Denmark was its Royal Princess. His paternal grandfather Frederik Christian II, Duke of Augustenborg numbered two ladies of Danish high nobility as his grandmothers (Danneskioled-Samsoc and Reventlow), and one Danish countess as paternal great grandmother (Ahlefeldt-Langeland). Christian's parents had high hopes that in the then-rising era of nationalism, this ancestry would be viewed with favor by necessary supporters when Danish Holstein, two personal possessions of the Kings of Denmark, of which Holstein also was a part of the German Confederation. A year earlier, King Frederick VII seceded the Danish throne without any hope of producing a male heir. Unlike Denmark proper, where the Lex Regia of 1665 allowed the throne to pass through the female royal line, in Holstein Salic Law prevailed. The duchy would most likely revert to the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-succession comes to be solved. The family groomed Chrstian's elder brother Frederick to become a King of Denmark. However, the succession in Denmark was solved in favor of others. Reference: Wikipedia Online.
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