Point of Interest

Victor Statue

England / Europe

The Prince Christian Victor Statue commemorates HH Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein (1867-1900), a grandson of Queen Victoria. He was the son of Princess Helena and of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein. He was born at Windsor Castle on 14 April 1867, and lived with his parents at Frogmore, and then at Cumberland Lodge. He was educated at Wellington and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he excelled more at cricket than in the classroom. He once wrote: “I always had a more intimate acquaintance with square leg than square root.” He entered the 60th King’s Royal Rifle Corps and served in various campaigns including Sudan in 1898 and Natal in 1899. In the Transvaal he contracted enteric fever and died. He was buried there. Prince Christian Victor’s death caused great distress to Queen Victoria, herself approaching the end of her life. The statue was designed by the Welsh sculptor, Sir William Goscombe John (1860-1952), and unveiled in a private ceremony by Field Marshal Earl Roberts, KG, on 6 November 1903. The Prince had served Lord Roberts as an extra ADC in 1900. The plaque on the statue lists his honours and decorations.

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