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Photographic portrait of Princess Louise, looking to the right of camera

The captivating life and art of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s daughter

Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne, 1878 [in Portraits of Royal Children Vol.23 1878-79] November 1878

Albumen print | 13.9 x 10.0 cm | RCIN 2903317

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This photograph shows Louise against a wintery backdrop which resembles the Canadian landscape, wearing a fur-trimmed coat with a scarf around her neck and head and her hands in a muff.

Louise and her husband spent the years 1878 to 1883 in Canada but following a sleigh accident that left Louise heavily concussed and with part of her ear injured, she returned to England in 1883.

Louise was much adored in Canada, and in 1905 a province was named after the princess. Initially the name ‘Louise’ was suggested, but she declined and instead proposed her second name, Alberta, to honour her late father.