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Princess Alexandrine of Prussia

Princess Alexandrine of Prussia Princess and first down's syndrome child to attend the first school for the handicapped

Princess and first down's syndrome child to attend the first school for the handicapped
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Intro Princess and first down's syndrome child to attend the first school for the handicapped
A.K.A. Alexandrine Irene of Prussia
Was Philanthropist
From Germany
Gender female
Birth 7 April 1915, Berlin, Margraviate of Brandenburg
Death 2 October 1980, Starnberg, Germany (aged 65 years)
Star sign AriesAries
Family
Mother: Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Father: Wilhelm, German Crown Prince
Siblings: Louis Ferdinand, Prince of PrussiaPrince Frederick of Prussia (1911–1966)Prince Hubertus of PrussiaPrince Wilhelm of Prussia (1906–1940)Princess Cecilie Viktoria of Prussia
Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
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Biography

Princess Alexandrine Irene of Prussia (7 April 1915 – 2 October 1980) was the eldest daughter and fifth child of Wilhelm, German Crown Prince, and Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Her grandparents were Wilhelm II, German Emperor and his wife Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, and Frederick Francis III of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia. Alexandrine was a member of the House of Hohenzollern.

Early life

Alexandrine was born at the Kronprinzenpalais (Crown Prince's Palace) in Berlin. Her middle name of Irene (Greek for "peace") was likely given due to her birth during the second year of World War I. She followed older brothers Wilhelm, Louis Ferdinand, Hubertus, and Frederick. Alexandrine's only sister, Cecilie, was born in 1917. Alexandrine was known by the nickname of "Adini" within her family.

It became clear shortly after Alexandrine's birth that she was affected with Down Syndrome. Unlike other royal children with special needs, Alexandrine was not hidden away. She appeared in official family photographs and at events. She was cared for primarily by her nurse, Selma Boese. As a teenager, Alexandrine attended the Trüpersche Sonderschule, a school dedicated to the education of young women with special needs.

Alexandrine was confirmed along with her sister Cecilie in October 1934.

Later Life and Death

Alexandrine lived most of her later life in Bavaria, first in Pöcking and later near Lake Starnberg. She was visited there regularly by her family, particularly her brother Louis Ferdinand.

Alexandrine died in 1980 and is buried near her parents and brother Frederick at Hohenzollern Castle.

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http://www.preussen.de/de/geschichte/kronprinz_wilhelm/kinder/alexandrine.html
https://d-nb.info/gnd/1167964586
https://trove.nla.gov.au/people/1292172
https://viaf.org/viaf/3645153834749364450008
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/3645153834749364450008
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