On 14 July 1906, Princess Helena of Great Britain came to the Sanatorium at Benenden for a formal ceremony to lay the Foundation Stone. The fifth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and a champion for better healthcare, Princess Helena supported many great causes including a role as President of the British Nurses’ Association.
The Princess was an active participant at several meetings as the Society developed and 110 years later we remember Helena as the foundation stone is repositioned in our new hospital.
A selection of Telegram’s from the Palace from 1947
The first telegram was received in 1947 following the announcement of Princess Elizabeth’s engagement to Prince Philip.
The last telegram was sent in 1975 by the Queen Mother as Benenden’s Patron, wishing the organisation luck for its annual conference.
Another important document in our archive is a handwritten letter from Princess Helena in 1910. Princess Helena was the fifth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the letter is written following the death of her brother King Edward VII. Note the black border around the letter.