'Princesse Alice' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Kate's Little Garden
Light pink Moss.
Registration name: Princesse Alice
Bred by Adam Paul
(United Kingdom, before 1847).
Introduced in United Kingdom by A. Paul & Son
in 1853 as 'Princess Alice'.
Deep pink or purple blend, darker center, light pink edges. Large, full (26-40 petals) bloom form. Occasional repeat later in the season.
Height of up to 42" (up to 105 cm). Width of up to 2' (up to 60 cm).
This rose released posthumously.
[From A Queen's Daughter: Princess Alice Maud Mary
, Harper's Bazaar
, February 16, 1884. You can find the full article on the web at http://www.victoriana.com/library/harpers/alice.html:] Alice Maud Mary, Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, was the third child and second daughter of Queen Victoria of England. She was born in Buckingham Palace on 25 April 1843... On 1 July 1862, she married Prince Louis of Hesse and spent most of her married life in Darmstadt, on the Rhine, the residence of the ducal family of Hesse... In November 1878, her husband and five of her children became ill with diptheria. She herself succumbed to the illness on 14 December 1878.
Earlier that same year, on 3 September 1878, there was a fatal collision on the River Thames between the Steamboat Princess Alice and the Bywell Castle. Gavin Thurston wrote about it in The Great Thame's Disaster.