Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll

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Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll died at Kensington Palace on this day in 1939. The fourth daughter and sixth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, she was educated at home, and (rarely for the time) at The National Art Training School, and became a very skilled painter and sculptress. One of her most famous sculptures is of Queen Victoria outside Kensington Palace. In 1871, Princess Louise married the Marquess of Lorne, heir to the Duke of Argyll. The couple had no children, and served as the Governor General and Viceregal Consort of Canada, where she was really popular, with the Canadian province of Alberta, Lake Louise, and Mount Alberta being named in her honour. The Marquess succeeded to the Dukedom in 1900, and Princess Louise became chatelaine to several Stately Homes, including Inveraray Castle. The Duke and Duchess were prominent members of society, and she remained an active member of the Royal Family, particularly close to her brother, King Edward VII. After being widowed in 1914, Princess Louise spent her last years at Kensington Palace, where she was regularly visited by family, and became close to the Duke and Duchess of Kent. She died at the Palace on this day in 1939, and is buried at Frogmore.

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