|ROYAL MISTRESS (SCOTLAND)|
BORN 14 Oct 1869, Strathblane (near): Duntreath Castle - DIED 11 Sep 1947, Firenze, Toscana: Villa dell'Ombrellino, Bellosguardo|
REAL NAME Edmonstone, Alice Frederica
GRAVE LOCATION Firenze, Toscana: Cimitero Evangelico Agli Allori, Via Senese 184, Galluzo (2PPsSI VIII 45s)
Daughter of Sir William Edmonstone, 4th Baronet. She married Colonel George Keppel, the third son of Lord Albemarle. They had two daughters, Violet (1894) and Sonia (1900).
In 1898 she became the mistress of crown prince Edward VII, who became king in 1901. Every year at Eastern she went to Biarritz with Edward. Her husband and queen Alexandra knew about the affair that continued until the king's death in 1910. She was even called to his deathbed by the queen who tolerated her although she didn't like her. After Edward's death she lived in Ceylon for two years, returned to England and then moved to Florence where she owned the magnificent Villa dell'Ombrellino. She died there in 1947.
Daughter: Trefusis, Violet
The Daily Telegraph
Souhami, Diana, Mrs. Keppel and her Daughter, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1997