Louise Mountbatten

Queen of Sweden Louise Mountbatten

Louise Alexandra Marie Irene Mountbatten became Queen consort of Sweden in 1950 and served as such until her death in 1965. Through her marriage, prior to her husband's accession as King Gustaf VI Adolf, Louise was Crown Princess of Sweden and Duchess of Scania.
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13 July 1889

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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 75
    Queen Louise died on 7 March 1965 at Saint Göran Hospital, in Stockholm, Sweden, following emergency surgery after a period of severe illness.
  • 1964
    Age 74
    She had made her last public appearance at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in December 1964.
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    Her last official engagement was the Nobel Prize dinner of 1964, during which no one noticed that she was in fact already ill.
  • 1963
    Age 73
    In 1963, Louise accompanied her spouse on a state visit to France, where she made a great impression on President Charles de Gaulle.
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  • 1962
    Age 72
    In 1962, she abolished the court presentations, replaced them with "democratic ladies' lunches", to which she invited professional career women, a custom which was to continue under Princess Sibylla after her death.
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  • 1954
    Age 64
    Louise disliked the strict pre-World War I protocol at court, retained during her mother-in-law's era, and reformed it when she became queen, instituting new guidelines in 1954 which democraticised many old customs.
  • 1950
    Age 60
    In 1950, Louise became queen after accession to the throne of her husband.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1940
    Age 50
    In 1940, for example, she sent supplies to the British major Michael Smiley at the Rifle Brigade, who was captured and placed in a prisoner of war camp, after his mother-in-law Alicia Pearson had asked for her help.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1936
    Age 46
    In 1936, she attended the funeral of George V of Great Britain.
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  • 1934
    Age 44
    In 1934–35, she made a similar trip with Gustav Adolf to Greece and around the Middle East and Africa, called the Orient Tour.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1929
    Age 39
    At the age of twenty, Louise became secretly engaged to Prince Christopher of Greece, but they were forced to give up their relationship for financial reasons. While living in exile more than 10 years later, he would wed the wealthy widow, Nancy Stewart Worthington Leeds, and after her death he would marry Princess Françoise d'Orléans in 1929.
  • 1925
    Age 35
    Louise's only child, a daughter, was stillborn on 30 May 1925.
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  • 1923
    Age 33
    On 3 November 1923, at age 34, Louise married Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf, in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in the presence of King George V and members of both royal families.
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    On 27 October 1923 Sweden and Britain's respective plenipotentiaries signed the "Treaty between Great Britain and Sweden for the Marriage of Lady Louise Mountbatten with His Royal Highness Prince Gustaf Adolf, Crown Prince of Sweden".
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    In 1923 Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, having been for three years the widower of Louise's mother's cousin Margaret of Connaught, paid a visit to London and, to Louise's surprise, began to court her.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1918
    Age 28
    But in 1918 Louise's father explained to her that Stuart-Hill was most likely homosexual, and that a marriage with him was impossible.
  • 1915
    Age 25
    She was active at a French military hospital in Nevers, and then at a war hospital at Palaves outside Montpellier, from March 1915 until July 1917.
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  • 1914
    Age 24
    In 1914, Louise and her mother visited Russia, and were invited to a trip down the Volga with their Imperial relatives.
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  • 1913
    Age 23
    In 1913, having been deposed in 1910, Manuel married Princess Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern in exile, the marriage remaining barren.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1889
    Born
    Born on July 13, 1889.
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