Princess Connaught
British princess
Princess Connaught
Princess Patricia of Connaught was a member of the British Royal Family, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She relinquished her title of a British princess and the style of Her Royal Highness upon her marriage to the commoner Alexander Ramsay. A Canadian Forces infantry regiment, the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, was named in her honour.
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  • 1974
    She was succeeded in 1974 by her cousin and goddaughter Patricia (the Rt.
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  • 1965
    The first ship for Princess Cruises via a winter Mexican Riviera charter from CPL in 1965, she was retired from Alaskan cruising services in 1981 and served as a floating hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia for their 1986 World's Fair before being finally scrapped in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Her sister ship was the TEV Princess Marguerite (II).
  • 1959
    Lady Patricia was an accomplished artist specializing in watercolours. In 1959, she was made an honorary member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.
    More Details Hide Details Much of her work was inspired by her travel in tropical countries. Her style was influenced by Gauguin and Van Gogh, because she had studied under A.S. Hartrick who had known the artists.
  • 1936
    She rode in the carriage processions with other members of the Royal Family at the funerals of George V in 1936 and of King George VI.
    More Details Hide Details At the coronations, she proceeded in state from Buckingham Palace with other members of the Royal Family and took part in the procession of princes and princesses of the blood royal, attended by a train-bearer and an officer to carry her coronet. She also attended royal garden parties and participated in state visits, her attendance being recorded in the Court Circular together with other members of the Royal Family.
  • 1919
    Upon her marriage in 1919, Lady Patricia was granted arms as a male-line grandchild of a British monarch.
    More Details Hide Details Her arms are those of the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom with a label for difference, blazoned thus: Quarterly (by quarters): The whole differenced by a Label of five points Argent, first and fifth with a cross gules, the others fleurs-de-lys azure.
    On the occasion of her marriage, Princess Patricia of Connaught voluntarily relinquished the style of Royal Highness and the title of Princess of Great Britain and Ireland. She was granted by Royal Warrants of 25 February 1919 the style of Lady Patricia Ramsay with precedence immediately before the Marchionesses of England.
    More Details Hide Details Because the Royal Warrants stated her change in style took effect only from the solemnization of her marriage, she entered the church as a Princess and Royal Highness and left it without either title or style. Cdr Alexander Ramsay and Lady Patricia Ramsay had one child: Despite her relinquishment of her royal title, Lady Patricia remained a member of the British Royal Family, remained in the line of succession, and attended all major royal events, including weddings, funerals, and the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Elizabeth II in 1937 and 1953 respectively.
    She was married at Westminster Abbey on 27 February 1919.
    More Details Hide Details Her bridesmaids and page boys were:
    Princess Patricia personally designed the badge and colours for the regiment to take overseas to France, and at her wedding in 1919, the regiment attended and played their march specially.
    More Details Hide Details As the regiment's Colonel-in-Chief, she played an active role until her death. A memorial plaque in St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church in Ottawa is dedicated "To the memory of The Lady Patricia Ramsey, VA, CI, CD late Colonel-in-Chief Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry who as H.R.H. the Princess Patricia of Connaught worshipped here while resident at Government House 1911-1916."
  • 1918
    She was named Colonel-in-Chief of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 22 February 1918 and held that appointment until her death.
    More Details Hide Details The regiment named for her was privately raised by Andrew Hamilton Gault, of Montreal, at his own expense; it was the last privately raised regiment in the British Empire.
  • 1917
    Her portrait appears on the one-dollar note of the Dominion of Canada with the issue date 17 March 1917.
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  • 1893
    She grew up as a member of the Royal Family. She was a bridesmaid at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York (future George V and Queen Mary) on 6 July 1893.
    More Details Hide Details Princess Patricia travelled extensively in her early years. Her father, the Duke of Connaught, was posted to India with the army, and the young Princess spent two years living there. Connaught Place, the central business locus of New Delhi, is named for the Duke. In 1911, the Duke was appointed Governor General of Canada. Princess Patricia accompanied her parents to Canada, and she became popular there.
  • 1886
    She was christened Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth at Bagshot Park on 1 May 1886 and her godparents were: Queen Victoria (her paternal grandmother); the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (her paternal granduncle, who was represented by her paternal uncle Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein); the Hereditary Grand Duchess of Oldenburg (her maternal aunt); Prince Wilhelm of Prussia (her cousin, for whom the German Ambassador, Count Hatzfeldt, stood proxy); Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (her paternal aunt); and Prince Albert of Prussia (her cousin, for whom her maternal uncle the Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg stood proxy).
    More Details Hide Details She was named Victoria after Queen Victoria; Patricia, after St Patrick, the saint of her birthday; and Helena, in honour of her father's sister Princess Helena of the United Kingdom.
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