As the daughter of Duke Arthur of Connaught and Princess Louise Margaret of
Prussia, Patricia - or Patsy as she was known - was royal on both sides.
Although Patsy relinquished her title and style upon marrying Sir Alexander
Ramsay, she maintained her rank and continued to play a role in the royal
Born at Buckingham Palace on the 17th of March 1886, Patsy was
christened Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth on May 1st and was preceded by
two older siblings: Margaret (b. 15th of January 1882) and Arthur (born 13th
of January 1883). All three children were raised at Bagshot Park (in Surrey)
and then at Clarence House (in London) following the 1900s.
When the Duke of Connaught was named Governor General of Canada in
October 1911, Patsy spent some time in Canada and Princess Patricia's
Canadian Light Infantry was named for her. Likewise, she designed the
infantry's insignia and was she was named colonel-in-chief in February 1918,
a ranking she held until she died in 1974.
Despite several other offers, Patsy decided to marry Sir Alexander Ramsay,
a navy man and the third son of Earl John of Dalhousie, at Westminster on
the 27th of February 1919. It was a happy marriage and together they had a
son. Naming the boy after his father, Alexander was born on December 21st.
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