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Head of Zeus
The Last Princess
04 Feb 2021 * PAPERBACK * £9.99 * 9781789544701

An evocative telling of the life of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's last-born child, and of a sometimes fraught royal mother-daughter relationship.

Non Fiction / BGR (Biography)
Extent: 400 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm Illus: 2 x 8pp colour
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The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest DaughterMatthew Dennison

Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore, later Princess Henry of Battenberg, was the last-born – in 1866 – of Victoria and Albert's children, and she would outlive all of her siblings to die as recently as 1944. Her childhood coincided with her mother's extended period of mourning for her prematurely deceased husband, a circumstance which may have contributed to Victoria's determination to keep her youngest daughter as close to her as possible.

She would eventually marry Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1885, but only after overcoming her mother's opposition to their union. Beatrice remained Queen Victoria's favourite among her five daughters, and became her mother's constant companion and later her literary executor, spending the years that followed Victoria's death in 1901 editing her mother's journals and voluminous correspondence.

Matthew Dennison's elegantly written biography restores Beatrice to her rightful place as a key figure in the history of the Victorian age, and paints a touching and revealing portrait of the life and family of Britain's second-longest-reigning monarch.

Matthew Dennison is the author of nine critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, including Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West, a Book of the Year in The Times, Spectator, Independent and Observer, and the much-praised Eternal Boy, a life of Kenneth Grahame. His most recent book is a new biography of Her Majesty The Queen, published by Head of Zeus.

The story of Queen Victoria's relationship with her youngest – and favourite – child.

An emotionally poignant tale of a mother-daughter relationship.

Matthew Dennison is a much-praised biographer of Queen Victoria and an admired chronicler of the British royal family.

MARKET: A.N. Wilson; Lucy Worsley.


'Emotionally sympathetic and beautifully written, its detail meticulous ... Confidant and disarmingly impressive debut' DailyTelegraph

'An engrossing tale of a mother and daughter who were also a queen and her subject' Good Book Guide

'Beautifully written' Tatler

'Readable and empathetic biography' Independent

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