Little Miss Why

History Witch

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This month, I’ll be featuring Queen Victoria’s children (mostly her daughters).

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, was the fourth daughter and sixth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She defied the role of “princess” a bit by becoming an artist, sculptor and architect.

She was born at Buckingham palace in 1848 and spent most of her childhood hopping around the palace as well as Windsor Castle and Balmoral Castle. Rough. Her family called her “Little Miss Why” because of her curious nature.

When her father died in 1861, the entire royal family went into an intense mourning period (Victoria spent the rest of her life in mourning). They became so morose, Louise was eventually so fed up with a house full of black-clad downers, that on her 17th birthday she begged to open the ballroom for a big party. Denied. Arguments ensued, and Victoria was said to be incredibly irritated…

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