Countess of Athlone (1883-1981)
Princess Alice was the last surviving granddaughter of Queen Victoria. As a young child she lived at nearby Claremont and visited Esher village often.
The Princess was a compassionate person who also had links to nursing during the Second World War. She died in Kensington Palace in 1981 at the age of 97 – just four years before the Hospice opened in 1985. The original Trustees felt that the Princess would have warmly supported the hospice and were most grateful when her daughter, Lady May Abel Smith, gave permission for Princess Alice Hospice to be named in honour of her mother.
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