Queen consort to King Edward VII of Great Britain. She had hereditary otosclerosis, through her mother Luise Wilhelmina of Hesse-Cassel (q.v.). Her father was King Christian IX of Denmark. She was born hard of hearing and deafened gradually, beginning with an 1867 illness which aggravated the inherited hearing loss. Reportedly, Queen Victoria taught her the two-handed British fingerspelling alphabet. Full-length biography is Queen Alexandra by Georgina Battiscombe (1969).
Encyclopedia Britannica, 1995, vol.1, p.250; Deaf Lives, p.2; Deaf American, April 1970, p.3ff; We Have Overcome, p.56.
1 December 1844-20 November 1925