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Today marks the 90th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Louise, the Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife, who died on this day in 1930! The third child and eldest daughter of the then Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark, she was the sister of King George V, Queen Maud of Norway, and Princess Victoria and grew up between Marlborough House in London and Sandringham in Norfolk, as well as frequent holidays with the extended Danish Royal Family in Denmark. Very shy as a young woman, Princess Louise blossomed after she married the Earl of Fife in 1889, who was made a Duke by Queen Victoria. The couple had two daughters, Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife and Princess Maud, Countess of Southesk, who were made Princesses by King Edward VII in 1905 when Princess Louise was made the Princess Royal, the highest honour bestowed on a female member of the Royal Family. In 1911, while on route to Egypt, the Fife family were shipwrecked off the coast of Morocco, which eventually led to the Duke’s death in January 1912, and the accession of Princess Alexandra to the Dukedom. Living between various country estates around Britain, particularly the Mar Lodge Estate in Scotland, Princess Louise was the colonel-in-chief of the 7th Dragoon Guards (the Princess Royal’s Own) and also served as colonel-in-chief of the 4th and 7th Dragoon Guards. The Princess Royal passed away in London ion this day in 1931, and is buried int he Private Chapel at Mar Lodge.
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