≈Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess of the United Kingdom
The sixth child of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise married the Marquis of Lorne in 1871 and spent five years in Canada between 1878 and 1883 where he was Governor-General. A gifted sculptor, she avoided royal protocol as far as possible and dedicated herself to her own work and such issues as the education of women.
Although it's not unusual for British royals to marry outsiders today, this was not the case in 1871, when Princess Louise married John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, a commoner who would later become the Duke of Argyll. Princess Louise was determined when she got to marriageable age not to follow the route her sister had; Princess Victoria had married a German Prince, and her royal duties stopped her from pursuing her artistic aspirations. As it turned out, Princess Louise's engagement to John was supported not only by her mother, but also by Disraeli. Unexpectedly, the match also pleased the British public, which had feared yet another German marriage, which in the general population feelings had already occurred too often. Her husband became prominent in public life as an MP, and later on became governor-general of Canada. It was during this time that Lake Louise near Laffan in the Rocky Mountains was named after her. The couple never had children, but despite this lack in their lives, Louise and John led an active and happy life together. This was undoubtedly one of the great-unsung royal love matches. When her husband died in 1914, Louise went into mourning -- not quite as severe as her mother's had been for Albert, but severe enough. She became something of a recluse until her own death in 1939 at the age of 91.
Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll. Cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. Ashes buried in the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore..
The wedding dress of her Royal Highness Princess Louise was of a rich white satin, covered with a deep flounce of Honiton point lace trimmed with cordons of orange blossoms, white heather, and myrtle, and a train of white satin trimmed to corresponde with the dress. Her Royal Highness wore a wreath of orange blossoms and myrtle, with a veil of Honiton lace held by two diamond pins in the form of daisies, the gift of their Royal Highnesses Prince Arthur, Prince Leopold, and Princess Beatrice. The dress was made by Miss Unitt, and the flowers supplied by Mr. Nestor Sirard, Her Royal Highness also wore a diamond necklace, to which was attached a large ornament of pearls and diamonds, with a sapphire in the centre, the gift of the Marquis of Lorne; and a diamond and emerald bracelet, which had belonged to her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent and one given to her by the people of Windsor.
On leaving the Castle after the marriage ceremony her Royal Highness wore a white corded silk dress trimmed with swan's-down and fringe, made by Miss Gieve, with a white chip bonnet, with a wreath of lillies of the valley and orange blossoms.
Wedding Jewels Times 22-March-1871
|1850 William Charles Bell|
|1-Jul-1858 Louise Alice Helena Arthur Osborne||Louise April, 1859||1863 Louise Alice Queen Victoria Balmoral|
|Louise Arthur 1870||1870|
|Louise William Charles Bell 1872||Louise Annie Dixon 1873-74||Louise Marchioness of Lorne July, 1878||Louise Duchessof Argyll Queen Victoria 1880s|
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