"The third child of the late King Edward, the Princess Royal was born in 1867, and married the Duke of Fife twenty-two years later. Her great dislike to publicity has led her friends and relatives to call her "her Royal Shyness," and probably no member of the Royal Family leads a more quiet and retired life. She is happiest when spending her days at her beautiful Scottish residence, Mar Lodge, in the society of her two daughters - Prin-cess Alexandra, born 1891, and Princess Maud, born 1893 - who share their mother's fondness for salmon fishing. Her Royal Highness has frequently landed as many as twelve fish in one day. Her marriage to the Earl of Fife, as he then was, in 1889, came somewhat as a surprise, for it was not thought that Queen Victoria would consent to a union between a member of the Royal Family and a subject. True love, however, overcame all objections. Lord Fife was raised to a dukedom on the eve of his wedding, and the ceremony duly took place in the little chapel in Buckingham Palace on July 27, 1889.
H.R.H. The Princess Royal