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Princess Johanna of Hesse and by Rhine

Princess Johanna of Hesse and by Rhine

Female 1936 - 1939  (2 years)

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  • Name Princess Johanna of Hesse and by Rhine 
    Born 20 Sep 1936 
    Gender Female 
    Died 13 Jun 1939 
    Person ID I14865  My Relatives
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 

    Father Prince Ludwig of Hesse- Darmstadt,   b. 1908,   d. 30 May 1968  (Age 60 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Margaret Campbell Geddes,   b. 18 Mar 1913,   d. 26 Jan 1997  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1937  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5565  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Princess Johanna of Hesse and by Rhine (Johanna Marina Eleonore), (September 20, 1936 - June 14, 1939), was the third child and only daughter of Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse and Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark (sister of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh). She was orphaned at age fourteen months when her parents, two older brothers Ludwig and Prince Alexander and paternal grandmother Grand Duchess Eleonore were killed in an airplane crash on their way to a family wedding in London.[1]

      After the accident, her uncle Ludwig married his bride Margaret Geddes. The couple adopted Johanna, their orphaned niece, and planned to raise her as their own daughter, but she developed meningitis and died twenty months later at the age of two and a half.[2] Her maternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, said later that the unconscious Johanna so closely resembled her mother at the same age that it felt like losing her daughter Cecilie all over again.[3] Following Johanna's death, she was buried with her parents and brothers at the Rosenhohe. Her uncle Ludwig and aunt Margaret were not able to have children of their own.[4]

      "Family curse"
      Some considered the Hessian family victims of a curse due to the number of premature deaths in the family. Johanna was a great niece of Tsarina Alexandra and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna, both of whom were killed with family members during the Russian Revolution of 1917. Her maternal great-grandmother Princess Alice of the United Kingdom and a great aunt, Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine, died of diphtheria. A haemophiliac great-uncle, Prince Friedrich of Hesse and by Rhine, tumbled twenty feet through an open window at age two and died of a brain hemorrhage hours later. An aunt, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse, died at age eight of virulent typhoid, though she was rumored to have eaten from a poisoned dish meant for Nicholas II of Russia. One of Johanna's great-uncles, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, was killed in 1979 by the Provisional Irish Republican Army along with his 14-year-old grandson, Nicholas Knatchbull, and his daughter's mother-in-law, Doreen Knatchbull, Baroness Brabourne.