Princess Patricia of Connaught / Lady Patricia Ramsay
Today marks the 131st Birthday of Lady Patricia Ramsay, who was born on this day in 1886. Born Princess Patricia of Connaught, the youngest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, and a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, she accompanied her parents when they were appointed Governor General and Viceregal Consort of Canada in 1911. Her only brother was Prince Arthur of Connaught (future Governor General of South Africa), and her elder sister became Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden. Through her, she is the great aunt of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and Queen Anne Marie of Greece. During WWI, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry was named in her honour, and she was the Colonel-in-Chief until her death in 1974. In 1919, Princess Patricia married The Hon. (later Sir) Alexander Ramsay, third son of the 13th Earl of Dalhousie. She voluntarily relinquished her titles and styles, and was thence known as Lady Patricia Ramsay. However, she remained a member of the British Royal Family and continued to undertake official duties and attended royal events. Sir Alexander and Lady Patricia had one son, Alexander Ramsay of Mar, who married the 21st Lady Saltoun. She lived through the six reigns; of her grandmother, uncle, cousin, two first cousins once removed, and first cousin twice removed, and also kept close ties with her Scandinavian nieces and nephews. Lady Patricia Ramsay died at her home, Ribsden Holt in Surrey, in 1974.
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