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What was the secret of Queen Victoria's rebel daughter?

Lucinda Hawskley thinks she knows. But her The Mystery of Princess Louise presents no hard evidence

11 January 2014

9:00 AM

11 January 2014

9:00 AM

The Mystery of Princess Louise Lucinda Hawksley

Chatto, pp.374, £25, ISBN: 9780701183493

Princess Louise (1848–1939), Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter, was the prettiest and liveliest of the five princesses, and the only one who broke out of the royal bubble. Artistically talented, she trained as a sculptor, and her marble statue of Queen Victoria can still be seen in Kensington Gardens. Unlike her sisters, who all married royals, Louise became the wife of a commoner, Lord Lorne, later Duke of Argyll.

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