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Alice Frederica Keppel (Edmonstone)

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Duntreath Castle, Loch Lomond, Scotland
Death: September 11, 1947 (79)
Villa Bellosguardo, Florence, Italy
Place of Burial: Cimitero Evangelico degli Allori, Florence, Toscana, Italy
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir William Edmonstone of Duntreath, 4th Baronet and Mary Elizabeth Parsons
Wife of Lt.Col. George Keppel
Mother of Violet Trefusis and Sonia Rosemary Cubitt (Keppel), Baroness of Ashcombe
Sister of Mary Clementina Murray; Sir Archibald Edmonstone, 5th Baronet; Sophia Edmonstone; Susanna Emily Edmonstone; Jessie Edmonstone and 3 others

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About Alice Frederica 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-grand-daughter is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales.

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Alice Frederica Keppel's Timeline

April 29, 1868
Duntreath Castle, Loch Lomond, Scotland
June 6, 1894
Age 26
May 24, 1900
Age 32
London, Middlesex, England
September 11, 1947
Age 79
Villa Bellosguardo, Florence, Italy
Cimitero Evangelico degli Allori, Florence, Toscana, Italy