Princess Louise

Princess Louise

The statue of Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace


Queen Victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise and her husband, the Marquis of Lorne, occupied the Duke of Sussex's apartments at Kensington Palace after the death of his widow in 1873.

Queen Victoria's daughter

Queen Victoria was delighted that one of her children should be living in her old home and wrote to her daughter after a visit:

'I can't tell you the feeling it gave me to see my old bedroom and the old doors - and the very view I knew so well - and then downstairs to the old rooms where so many lived - including dear Papa!'

Princess Louise was one of the few women sculptors of the 19th century and by the age of 20 she had exhibited at the Royal Academy. Almost immediately after her arrival at Kensington she built her first studio.

Her most famous work, a marble statue of Queen Victoria at the time of her accession, stands outside the East Front of the palace.

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