Royal News: Tuesday 21 April 2015

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April 21: Today in Royal History

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 21, 1509 – Death of King Henry VII of England at Richmond Palace in Richmond, Surrey, England; buried at Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: Henry VII of England

April 21, 1767 – Birth of Elisabeth of Württemberg, first wife of Emperor Franz I of Austria, in Treptow, Brandenburg (Germany)
Elisabeth died in childbirth at age 23.
Unofficial Royalty: Elisabeth of Württemberg

April 21, 1843 – Death of Prince Augustus, Duke of Sussex, son of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Kensington Palace in London, England; buried at Kensal Green Cemetery in London, England
Wikipedia: Prince Augustus, Duke of Sussex

April 21, 1868 – Wedding of Umberto I, King of Italy ans Margherita of Savoy
Wikipedia: Umberto I, King of Italy
Wikipedia: Margherita of Savoy

April 21, 1892 – Death of Alexandrine of Prussia, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Wikipedia: Alexandrine of Prussia, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

April 21, 1926 – Birth of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom at 17 Bruton Street in London, England
April 21, 1947 – Princess Elizabeth makes her 21st birthday broadcast from Cape Town, South Africa
Full name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
British Monarchy: 21st birthday speech, 21 April 1947

April 21, 1947 – Wedding of Princess Katherine of Greece and Major Richard Brandram
Princess Katherine was a daughter of King Constantine I of Greece and Princess Sophie of Prussia
Wikipedia: Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark

April 21, 2007 – Birth of Princess Isabella of Denmark, daughter of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, at Copenhagen University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark
Full name: Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Isabella of Denmark

Royal News: Monday, 20 April 2015

 

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BBC: Prince Harry visits Aboriginal community in outback
Daily Mail: So could Kate’s baby be born outside London? Hospitals in Reading and Norfolk put on standby in case the Duchess decides to leave London
Daily Mail: Fingers crossed it’s a girl! Both Brits and Americans are hoping Kate Middleton has a royal baby in pink (But while we want her to be called Charlotte, the US favour Diana)
Daily Mail: We hope they remembered to wear something under their kilts! Queen meets the Canadian Highlanders as part of World War One commemorations
Daily Mail: Queen’s tribute to Canadian troops
Daily Mail: Secret police squad protected Prince of Wales… from Welsh: Prime Minister Harold Wilson convinced nationalists would attack him at his 1969 investiture ceremony at Caernarfon Castle
Daily Mail: How Zara Phillips hit the exercise bike to get her fitness back after birth of baby Mia as she aims for Rio Olympics
Daily Mail: Families to mark Gallipoli Campaign
Daily Mail: Middletons ‘boycott’ 50th birthday party for Kate’s controversial uncle Gary Goldsmith – claiming they can’t attend due to ‘protocol’
Express: Royal baby v Royal Duty: Prince William ‘MISSING birth to attend WW1 service with Queen’
Express: Kate’s baby bumps up takings at the palaces
Express: ‘Kate Middleton is having a girl on Saturday’ spirit of Princess Diana tells clairvoyant
Getty Images: The Queen, Duke Of Edinburgh And Princess Alexandra Attend Reception At Canada House
Hello: William and Kate’s second royal baby: Why the couple will be based at Anmer Hall
Telegraph: Royal baby: the moment Carole Middleton has been waiting for
Telegraph: Footage released of Prince Harry on attachment with Australian military
Telegraph: Royal baby: why it may not be a Londoner
Telegraph: The Queen visits revamped Canada House
Telegraph: What happened when a Princess went walkabout?
Wales on Line: A prime minister’s fears of Welsh Nationalist attacks on Prince Charles revealed

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Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Prince Arthur was born on May 1, 1850 at Buckingham Palace, the third son and the seventh of the nine children of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Arthur had five sisters and three brothers:

Albert, Victoria and their nine children in 1857; Left to right: Alice, Arthur, Albert, Edward, Leopold, Louise, Victoria with Beatrice, Alfred, Victoria and Helena; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

On June 22, 1850, Arthur was christened Arthur William Patrick Albert in Buckingham Palace’s private chapel. His first two names were given in honor of his two godfathers: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Commander of the Coalition Army that defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo and a former Prime Minister (the prince was born on the Duke’s 81st birthday) and Prince Wilhelm of Prussia (later Wilhelm I, German Emperor, King of Prussia). Patrick was chosen to show his parents’ gratitude for the hospitality of the Irish people during their visit the previous year, and Albert, as his father wrote, “…Victoria’s love has always insisted on my name to finish up with.” Arthur had one godmother, Princess Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (née Princess Ida of Saxe-Meiningen). Princess Ida was the sister of Queen Adelaide (the wife of King William IV) who had died five months before Arthur’s birth. Prince Albert wrote that Princess Ida was chosen “in memory of poor Queen Adelaide, who would certainly have been delighted at this addition to our family.”

A year later a portrait, painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, was commissioned to commemorate the first birthday of Prince Arthur, the eighty-second birthday of prince’s godfather the Duke of Wellington, and the opening day of the Great Exhibition, which was organized by Prince Albert. The painting (below) shows Prince Arthur and his parents, the Duke of Wellington offering a gift to Prince Arthur, and The Crystal Palace, site of the Great Exhibition in the background.

The First of May 1851 by Franz Xaver Winterhalter; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Arthur was very much like his father in looks and was obedient, conscientious and disciplined. He was Victoria’s favorite son: “This child is dear, dearer than any of the others put together, [after Albert] the dearest and most precious object to me on earth.” Arthur was educated by private tutors.

Considering that Arthur was the godson of one of Britain’s most significant military figures, it was not unusual that he had a 40 year military career. In 1866, at the age of 16, Arthur entered at the Royal Military College, Woolwich. He graduated two years later and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Engineers. On his mother’s birthday, May 24, 1874, Arthur was created a royal peer, with the titles Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Earl of Sussex.

NPG x38485; Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn by Maull & Co

Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn by Maull & Co, albumen cabinet card, late 1860s, NPG x38485 © National Portrait Gallery, London

During his long military career in the British Army , Arthur participated in many missions in various parts of the British Empire. In 1870, he served during the Red River Rebellion in Canada. In 1882, he took part in the campaign under General Wolseley to put down the Urabi Revolt in Egypt by leading the Guards Brigade in the decisive Battle of Tel el-Kebir. Between 1886 and 1890, Arthur served in India as the Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Army.

On April 1, 1893, Arthur was promoted to General. He hoped that he would be appointed as Commander in Chief of the British Army when his first cousin once removed, Prince George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge, retired in 1895, but instead he was given command of the southern district of Aldershot. On June 26, 1902 Arthur was appointed Field Marshal. He served as Commander in Chief in Ireland and Commander of the Third Army Corps (1900-1904), Inspector-General of the Forces (1904 and 1907) and Chief of Staff (1904-1907).

Despite being Queen Victoria’s least troublesome and favorite child, Arthur annoyed his mother with his choice of a bride. Princess Luise Margarete (Louise Margaret) of Prussia was born at Marmorpalais (Marble Palace) near Potsdam in the Kingdom of Prussia. Her parents were Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia and Princess Maria Anna of Anhalt.  Queen Victoria considered Louise Margaret to be a less than satisfactory spouse for her son. She was plain looking and had broken teeth. Her parents were unpleasant, had an unhappy marriage, and lived apart from each other. Victoria wanted to avoid associating her family with a possible scandal. Nevertheless, Arthur and Louise Margaret were married on March 13, 1879 at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

NPG Ax131371; Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn; Princess Louise, Duchess of Connaught after Unknown photographer

Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn; Princess Louise, Duchess of Connaught (née Princess of Prussia) after Léon Abraham Marius Joliot, albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s, NPG Ax131371© National Portrait Gallery, London

Arthur and Louise Margaret had one son and two daughters. The Swedish and Danish Royal Families are their descendants. The family resided at their country home Bagshot Park and at Clarence House, their London residence.

The Duke and Duchess of Connaught with their children, Portrait by Hughes & Mullins, 1893; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

In 1899, Arthur’s nephew Prince Alfred of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the only son of Arthur’s older brother, Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, died. Arthur would have been the immediate successor of his brother Alfred, but chose to relinquish his claim and his son’s claim to the duchy. This caused Prince Carl Edward, Duke of Albany, the posthumous son of Alfred and Arthur’s brother Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, to become Alfred’s heir and his successor when he died in 1900.

In 1911, in order to strengthen the links between the British monarchy and Canada, Arthur was appointed the first Governor General of Canada who was a member of the Royal Family. Arthur was accompanied to Canada by his wife and his daughter Patricia. They lived in Rideau Hall in Ottawa and undertook extensive travels in Canada. After the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Arthur and his family remained in Canada. He stressed the need for military training of Canadian troops and gave his name to the Connaught Cup of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a competition in pistol marksmanship Canadian recruits. During the war, Arthur served in various emergency services and made hospital visits, while his wife worked for the Red Cross and other organizations. Arthur’s daughter Princess Patricia gave her name to a newly formed regiment, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

Prince Arthur and group with sleds in Ottawa, Canada; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

After his time in Canada, Arthur returned to the British Army and served for the rest of World War I. Louise Margaret, who had been ill during their stay in Canada, died of influenza and bronchitis on March 14, 1917 at the age of 56. Arthur withdrew from public life in 1928 and died on January 16, 1942 at Bagshot Park at the age of 91. His sister Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll also died at the age of 91, making both Arthur and Louise the longest lived of Victoria and Albert’s children. Arthur was buried at the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore.

 

Arthur’s only son predeceased him in 1938 and at Arthur’s death, his grandson Alastair became the 2nd Duke of Connaught and Strathearn.  However, Alastair died a year later, and as he was childless, the title Duke of Connaught and Strathearn reverted to the Crown.

Arthur’s grave; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Wikipedia: Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught

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April 20: Today in Royal History

Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 20, 1808 – Birth of Charles Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, Emperor Napoleon III of France, in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Napoleon III of France

April 20, 1836 – Death of Prince Johann I Josef of Liechtenstein
Wikipedia: Johann I Josef of Liechtenstein

April 20, 1839 – Birth of King Carol I of Romania in Sigmaringen, Germany
Wikipedia: Carol I of Romania

April 20, 1884 – Birth of Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Eastwell Park in Kent, England
Full name: Beatrice Leopoldine Victoria
Princess Beatrice was the daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia.  She married Infante Alfonso d’Orleans-Bourbon of Spain.
Wikipedia: Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh

April 20, 1893 – Wedding of Ferdinand I of Bulgaria and Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma
Wikipedia: Ferdinand I of Bulgaria
Wikipedia: Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma

April 20, 1896 – Wedding of Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Alexandra was the daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Wikipedia: Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Wikipedia: Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

April 20, 1929 – Death of Prince Heinrich of Prussia, son of Friedrich III, German Emperor, at Herrenhaus Hemmelmark in Eckernförde, Germany
Full name: Albert Wilhelm Heinrich
Prince Henry was the son of Victoria, Princess Royal and the grandson of Queen Victoria.  He married his first cousin Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Heinrich of Prussia

April 20, 1947 – Death of King Christian X of Denmark at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark
Wikipedia: Christian X of Denmark

April 20, 1960 – Death of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Alexander III of Russia, in London, England; buried in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
Wikipedia: Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna

April 20, 1999 – Birth of Prince Georg Antonius of Liechtenstein, son of Hereditary Prince Alois, in Grabs, Switzerland
Full name: Georg Antonius Constantin Maria
Wikipedia: Family of Hereditary Prince Alois

Royal News: Sunday 19 April 2015

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: April 19 – April 25

King Mswati III of Swaziland, Photo Credit – www.guardian.co.uk

47th birthday of King Mswati III of Swaziland; born at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Manzini, Swaziland on April 19, 1968
Unofficial Royalty: King Mswati III of Swaziland

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Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

89th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; born at 17 Bruton Street, London, W1, England on April 21, 1926
Full name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Elizabeth II

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8th birthday of Princess Isabella of Denmark, daughter of Crown Prince Frederik; born at Copenhagen University Hospital on April 21, 2007
Full name: Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Isabella of Denmark

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Daniel Chatto with his wife Lady Sarah Chatto, Photo Credit – www.foxtrotfilms.com

58th birthday of Daniel Chatto, husband of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (daughter of Princess Margaret); born at Princess Beatrice Hospital in London on April 22, 1957
Full name: Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule
Unofficial Royalty: Daniel Chatto

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Princess Aisha and Princess Zein of Jordan with their parents, Photo Credit – View Images

47th birthday of Princess Aisha and Princess Zein of Jordan, twin daughters of King Hussein and his second wife Princess Muna al-Hussein; born in Amman, Jordan on April 23, 1968
Wikipedia: Princess Aisha
Wikipedia: Princess Zein

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Lady Gabriella Windsor, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

34rd birthday of Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince Michael of Kent; born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London on April 23, 1981
Full name: Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia
Wikipedia: Lady Gabriella Windsor
Ella Windsor

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12th birthday of Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria, daughter of Princess Astrid of Belgium; born at Clinique Saint Jean in Brussels, Belgium on April 23, 2003
Full Name: Laetitia Maria Nora Anna Joachim Zita
Wikipedia: Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

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Iman bint Hussein

Princess Iman bint Hussein with her husband; Photo Credit – www.arabiaweddings.com

32nd birthday of Princess Iman of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein and his fourth wife Queen Noor, in Amman, Jordan on April 24, 1983
Wikipedia: Princess Iman bint al Hussein

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Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

74th birthday of Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan, second wife of King Hussein and mother of King Abdullah II; born in Chelmondiston, Suffolk, England on April 25, 1941
Born Antoinette Avril Gardiner
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Muna al-Hussein

April 19: Today in Royal History

Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, husband of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

April 19, 1320 – Birth of Pedro I, King of Portugal
Wikipedia: Pedro I, King of Portugal

April 19, 1390 – Death of King Robert II of Scotland at Dundonald Castle; buried at Scone Abbey in Scone, Scotland
Wikipedia: Robert II of Scotland

April 19, 1658 – Death of Kirsten Munk, morganatic second wife of King Christian IV of Denmark, at Boller Castle in Horsens, Denmark; buried at Saint Canute’s Cathedral in Odense, Denmark
Wikipedia: Kirsten Munk

April 19, 1689 – Death of Queen Christina of Sweden in Rome, Italy; buried at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy
Queen Christina secretly converted to Catholicism and eventually abdicated to practice her religion openly. She moved to Rome and is one of four women buried in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Wikipedia: Christina of Sweden

April 19, 1793 – Birth of Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, in Vienna, Austria
Wikipedia: Ferdinand I of Austria

April 19, 1876 – Birth of Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, husband of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany)
Full name: Heinrich Wladimir Albrecht Ernst
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

April 19, 1956 – Wedding of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly
Unofficial Royalty: Rainier III of Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco

April 19, 1968 – Birth of King Mswati III of Swaziland at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Manzini, Swaziland
Unofficial Royalty: Mswati III of Swaziland

Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein

source: Wikipedia

Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein

Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (Franziska Josepha Louise Augusta Marie Christina Helena) was born August 12, 1872, at Cumberland Lodge. She was the fourth child, and second daughter, of Princess Helena of the United Kingdom (third daughter of Queen Victoria) and Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein. She had four siblings:

Marie Louise was christened September 18, 1872 and her godparents were Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria and Queen Marie of Hanover.

As a child, Louie (as she was known affectionately within the family) enjoyed a quiet family life with her parents and siblings. Educated privately at home, the young princess enjoyed close relationships with many of her cousins, both within the United Kingdom and abroad. The family often spent summer holidays with the Grand Ducal Family of Hesse, and Marie Louise was particularly close to her cousin Alix of Hesse (later Empress of Russia). The two were only two months apart in age, and were, in Marie Louise’s own words, “… more like sisters than cousins.”

From a young age, Marie Louise and her sister were brought up to appreciate the needs and sufferings of those less fortunate. They often accompanied their mother on visits to hospitals and clinics, and for the rest of her life, Marie Louise would support various charities in this area. One in particular was the Princess Christian’s Nursing Home in Windsor, founded by her mother. Marie Louise and her sister Helena Victoria would be involved with the organization their entire lives.

 

According to her memoirs, Marie Louise met her future husband, Prince Aribert of Anhalt, at the wedding of her cousin Viktoria of Prussia to Adolph of Schaumberg-Lippe. (She states this was in the fall of 1889, but the wedding actually took place in the fall of 1890. It’s likely that she simply stated the wrong year in her book.) Prince Aribert, born in Wörlitz, Germany on June 18, 1866, was a younger son of Friedrich I, Duke of Anhalt and Princess Antoinette of Saxe-Altenburg. He served with the Prussian military, and was close friends with Kaiser Wilhelm II, Marie Louise’s first cousin. Kaiser Wilhelm strongly encouraged the relationship, and it was at a family luncheon at his Neues Palais in Potsdam that the engagement of Marie Louise and Aribert was announced in December 1890. The couple married the following July at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, in the presence of Queen Victoria.

Although Marie Louise at first seemed deeply in love, cracks quickly began to appear in the marriage. Aribert’s primary focus was his military career and gave little interest to having a life at home. Fortunately for Marie Louise, they spent little time in Anhalt itself, as Aribert was based primarily in Berlin. This allowed her a bit of freedom from the stifling protocol of the Anhalt court. But it soon became obvious that the couple had little, if anything, in common, and they would often go days without seeing each other, even while living in the same home. Often suffering from ill health in the cold weather, the Princess traveled extensively. It was while on one of these trips, to the United States and Canada, that her marriage ended… without her knowledge. In December 1900, while in Canada, Marie Louise received a cable from her father-in-law, demanding that she return home immediately. Just an hour later, she received another cable, this time from Queen Victoria - “tell my granddaughter to come home to me. V.R.” Upon arriving back at Cumberland Lodge, she was told that her marriage had been dissolved by her father-in-law, at her husband’s insistence. It has been speculated that the marriage was never consummated, and implied that Aribert was homosexual, and had been caught in a delicate situation by either his wife or his father. In her memoirs, Marie Louise states that even though her marriage was annulled, she maintained the vows she had made at her wedding, and would never remarry.

Marie Louise soon set up house at 21 Queensberry Place in London, where she would live until the onset of World War I. At that point, she lived with her aunt, Princess Beatrice, at Kensington Palace. Following the war, she returned to Cumberland Lodge and Schomberg House with her mother and sister. She also threw herself into charity work, becoming involved with numerous organizations throughout Britain.

In July 1917, her cousin, King George V, requested that all of his extended family relinquish their German titles. Most of them lost their princely titles completely, and were given peerages in the United Kingdom. Perhaps out of respect to Prince Christian, who was the only remaining son-in-law of Queen Victoria, the family retained their princely titles and simply stopped using the Schleswig-Holstein designation.

 

One of her best known contributions was the creation of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. She worked tirelessly with craftsmen and noted artist and authors to create a scaled replica of a royal palace. It was presented to Queen Mary in 1924, and displayed at the British Empire Exhibition of 1924-1925. It is now on display at Windsor Castle, where it draws thousands of visitors each year.

After World War II, Marie Louise and her sister moved to 10 Fitzmaurice Place in Berkeley Square. She continued to participate in most family functions, and remained very close to the King and Queen and their family. Following her sister’s death in 1952, one of her last major appearances was the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Then, at the suggestion of the Queen, she began to write her memoirs. My Memories of Six Reigns was published in 1956. Being a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, and having lived to 84 years old, Marie Louise had experienced a significant amount of history. She had lived during the reigns of six monarchs, attended four coronations, and countless family functions throughout Europe, lived through two World Wars, and seen major changes in the Royal Family – particularly in the way it interacted with the British people.

Princess Marie Louise at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth Ii, 1953.  source: National Portrait Gallery

Princess Marie Louise at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth Ii, 1953. source: National Portrait Gallery

Soon after the book was published, Princess Marie Louise died at her home on Fitzmaurice Place, on December 8, 1956. Her funeral was held at St. George’s Chapel, and she was then buried with her parents and sister in the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore.

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Royal News: Saturday 18 April 2015

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