Paintings Formerly in the Collection of Queen Victoria
Following an appearance of Robert Edsel on the Glenn Beck Radio Show, the Foundation received dozens of phone calls including one concerning two paintings in the possession of heirs to Ms. Margaret Reeb. Numerous conversations with her heirs followed leading to detailed information about the paintings, including photos, and Ms. Reeb's purchase of them. Ms. Reeb bought the paintings in late 1945 while serving in Germany as part of the United States Special Services as a librarian.
In this instance, research into determining the rightful owners proved simple. Both paintings had been at Castle Friedrichshof (today known as the Schlosshotel Kronberg, just north of Frankfurt), which in April 1945 was confiscated by American forces and converted into an officer's club. These paintings have enormous importance for reasons besides their artistic value: they once belonged to the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Victoria (Empress Friedrich), who built the castle. Her royal seal appears on the reverse of one of the paintings. The other painting is actually a portrait of Princess Victoria as a child being held by Her Majesty, Queen Victoria.These paintings would have been among the many personal belongings that accompanied the Princess to Germany for her marriage to Frederick III.
The paintings were handed over to the German Embassy in May 2015 during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department and returned to the Schlosshotel Kronberg a few weeks later.