Alice Keppel

Alice keppel

Alice Frederica Keppel, née Edmonstone (29 April 1868 – 11 September 1947) was a British society hostess and a long-time mistress of King Edward VII. Both she and her husband, The Honourable George Keppel, came from aristocratic backgrounds, but were almost penniless, and they both agreed that she must cultivate rich lovers to maintain their upper-class lifestyle. Alice performed this role with a charm and discretion that much impressed London society and soon brought her to the attention of the future king, whose mistress she remained till his death, lightening the dark moods of his later years. The Queen even allowed her to visit him as he was dying. But his death instantly reduced her social status, and she thought it more dignified to live abroad. Her daughter was the writer Violet Trefusis. Alice's great-granddaughter is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. Alice Frederica Keppel (known to her family as "Freddie") was born at Strathblane, Scotland to Sir William Edmonstone, 4th Baronet, and Mary Elizabeth Edmonstone, née Parsons, of Woolwich Dockyard, the scion of a distinguished family.

Personal details

Date of birth
April 29th, 1868
Place of birth
Glasgow, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Date of death
September 11th, 1947 at age of 79
Place of death
Florence, Italy
Places lived
London , England
pop. 8,308,000 (2013)




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