Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll

Born Mar 18, 1848
Hometown London
Died Dec 3, 1939
Death Place Kensington
Other Names The Princess Loui...

The Princess Louise was a member of the British Royal Family, the sixth child and fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and her husband, Albert, Prince Consort. Louise's early life was spent moving among the various royal residences in the company of her family.… Read More

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Though christened Louisa in Buckingham Palace's private chapel by John Bird Sumner, the Archbishop of Canterbury, on 13 May 1848, she was invariably known as Louise throughout her life. … Read More


1861 13 Years Old 1 More Event
Louise's early life was spent moving among the various royal residences in the company of her family. When her father, the Prince Consort, died on 14 December 1861, the court went into a period of intense mourning, to which Louise was unsympathetic. … Read More
1862 14 Years Old The Queen comforted herself by rigidly continuing with Prince Albert's plans for their children. Princess Alice was married to Prince Louis, the future Grand Duke of Hesse, at Osborne on 1 June 1862. In 1863, Edward, the Prince of Wales, married Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
1863 15 Years Old 1 More Event
From her early years, Louise was a talented and intelligent child, and her artistic talents were quickly recognised. On his visit to Osborne House in 1863, Hallam Tennyson, the son of the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, remarked that Louise could "draw beautifully". … Read More
As an unmarried daughter of Victoria, Louise served as an unofficial secretary to her mother between 1866 and 1871. … Read More


1870 22 Years Old Louise became engaged to the Marquess of Lorne on 3 October 1870. … Read More
1871 23 Years Old Victoria settled an annuity on Louise shortly before her marriage. The ceremony was conducted at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on 21 March 1871, and the crowd outside was so large that, for the first time, policemen had to form chain barriers to keep control. … Read More


1878 30 Years Old Louise's first few months in Canada were tinged with sadness as her favourite sister, Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse, died on 14 December 1878. … Read More
1879 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Louise's first state ball was given on 19 February 1879, and she made a good impression on her guests when she ordered the silk cordon, separating the viceregal party from the guests, be removed. … Read More
1883 35 Years Old Louise returned to Britain, from Quebec, with her husband on 27 October 1883, and landed at Liverpool. … Read More
1885 37 Years Old Beatrice had married the tall and handsome Prince Henry of Battenberg in a love match in 1885, and they had four children. … Read More


1890 42 Years Old Rumours of affairs did not surround only Bigge. In 1890, the sculptor Joseph Edgar Boehm died in Louise's presence at his studio in London, leading to rumours that the two were having an affair. … Read More


1902 54 Years Old …  Louise continued her sculpture, and in 1902, designed a memorial to the colonial soldiers who died in the Boer War. … Read More


1911 63 Years Old 1 More Event
Louise's marriage survived thanks to long periods of separation, but the couple reconciled in 1911, and she was devastated by her husband's death in 1914. … Read More
1914 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In spring 1914 Louise stayed at Kensington Palace while her husband remained on the Isle of Wight. … Read More
1925 77 Years Old Louise spent her last years at Kensington Palace, occupying rooms next to her sister Princess Beatrice. She made occasional public appearances with the royal family, such as at the Cenotaph at Whitehall on 11 November 1925. … Read More
1935 87 Years Old In 1935, she greeted her nephew, King George V, and his wife, Queen Mary, at Kensington Town Hall during their Silver Jubilee celebrations, and was made an Honourary Freeman of the Borough of Kensington. … Read More
1936 88 Years Old 1 More Event
Between these occasions, her great nephew, King Edward VIII, abdicated on 11 December 1936.
Louise died at Kensington Palace on the morning of 3 December 1939 at the age of 91, wearing the wedding veil she wore 68 years previously. … Read More
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