Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll; largely considered the beauty of Queen Victoria’s children

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll; largely considered the beauty of Queen Victoria’s children

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Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne, July 1875.
Sixth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne, July 1875.

Sixth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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The Mystery of Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s rebellious daughter by Lucinda Hawksley

The secrets of Queen Victoria’s sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumour and gossip than hard facts? When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, she discovered a fascinating woman, modern before her time, whose story has been shielded for years from public view.

Louise was a sculptor and painter, friend to the Pre-Raphaelites and a keen member of the Aesthetic movement. The most feisty of the Victorian princesses, she kicked against her mother’s controlling nature and remained fiercely loyal to her brothers - especially the sickly Leopold and the much-maligned Bertie. She sought out other unconventional women, including Josephine Butler and George Eliot, and campaigned for education and health reform and for the rights of women. She battled with her indomitable mother for permission to practice the ‘masculine’ art of sculpture and go to art college - and in doing so became the first British princess to attend a public school.

Such an underrated Princess ! Princess Louise was definitely one of the most interesting princess of her time. Absolutely forgotten, she deserves so much more, for her work as Princess, as an Artist, as an independant woman. This biography by  Lucinda Hawksley is an excellent start, the author give you the opportunity to form your own opinion which is quite enjoyable. I recommend with all my heart this book, to discover this fascinating woman, who deserves so much more recognition.


The cousins Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Archduchess Marie-Valerie and Princess Louise of Orléans. They were the daughters of Countess Mathilde of Trani, Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Sophie, the Duchess of Alençon.

The cousins Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Archduchess Marie-Valerie and Princess Louise of Orléans. They were the daughters of Countess Mathilde of Trani, Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Sophie, the Duchess of Alençon.

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Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Princess Louise Marie Amélie of Belgium (18 February 1858, Brussels – 1 March 1924, Wiesbaden), Princess Stéphanie Clotilde Louise Herminie Marie Charlotte (21 May 1864 – 23 August 1945) and Princess Clémentine Albertine Marie Léopoldine of Belgium (30 July 1872 – 8 March 1955).

Princess Louise of Belgium (18 February 1858, Brussels – 1 March 1924, Wiesbaden)

Princess Louise of Belgium (18 February 1858, Brussels – 1 March 1924, Wiesbaden)

The Princess Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife, her husband Alexander William George Duff, 1st Duke of Fife and the daughters HH Princess Alexandra of Fife (later the Duchess of Fife in her own right) and HH Princess Maud of Fife

The Princess Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife, her husband Alexander William George Duff, 1st Duke of Fife and the daughters HH Princess Alexandra of Fife (later the Duchess of Fife in her own right) and HH Princess Maud of Fife

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