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PRINCE ARTHUR, DUKE OF CONNAUGHT AND STRATHEARN KG KT KP GCB GCSI GCMG GCIE GCVO GBE VD TD ADC(P) PC (Arthur William Patrick Albert; 1 May 1850 – 16 January 1942) was a member of the British Royal Family who served as the Governor General of Canada
Governor General of Canada
, the tenth since Canadian Confederation
Canadian Confederation

Born the seventh child and third son of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
, Arthur was educated by private tutors before entering the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich at the age of 16. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the British Army
British Army
, where he served for some 40 years, seeing service in various parts of the British Empire
British Empire
. During this time he was also created a royal duke , becoming the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, as well as the Earl of Sussex. In 1911, he was appointed as Governor General of Canada, replacing the Earl Grey as viceroy . He occupied this post until being succeeded by the Duke of Devonshire in 1916. Given his military service, the selection of Arthur proved to be prudent, as he acted as the King's, and thus the Canadian Commander-in-Chief 's, representative through the first years of the First World War
First World War

After the end of his viceregal tenure, Arthur returned to the United Kingdom and there, as well as in India, performed various royal duties, while also again taking up military duties. Though he retired from public life in 1928, he continued to make his presence known in the army well into the Second World War, before his death in 1942. He was Queen Victoria's last surviving son.


* 1 Early life * 2 Military service * 3 Peerage, marriage, and family * 4 Governor General of Canada
Governor General of Canada
* 5 Later life * 6 Death

* 7 Titles, styles, honours and arms

* 7.1 Arms

* 8 Issue * 9 Ancestry * 10 See also * 11 Notes * 12 References * 13 External links


A painting of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
with Prince Arthur by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

Arthur was born at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
on 1 May 1850, the seventh child and third son of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
and Prince Albert . The prince was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury
Archbishop of Canterbury
, John Bird Sumner , on 22 June in the palace's private chapel. His godparents were Prince William of Prussia ; his great-uncle's sister-in-law, Princess Bernard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (for whom his maternal grandmother the Duchess of Kent stood proxy); and the Duke of Wellington , with whom he shared his birthday and after whom he was named. As with his older brothers, Arthur received his early education from private tutors . It was reported that he became the Queen's favourite child.


It was at an early age that Arthur developed an interest in the army, and in 1866 he followed through on his military ambitions by enrolling at the Royal Military College at Woolwich
, from where he graduated two years later and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Engineers
Royal Engineers
on 18 June 1868. The Prince transferred to the Royal Regiment of Artillery on 2 November 1868 and, on 2 August 1869, to the Rifle Brigade , his father's own regiment, after which he conducted a long and distinguished career as an army officer, including service in South Africa, Canada
in 1869, Ireland, Egypt in 1882, and in India from 1886 to 1890.

In Canada, Arthur, as an officer with the Montreal
detachment of the Rifle Brigade, undertook a year's training and engaged in defending the Dominion
from the Fenian Raids
Fenian Raids
; there was initially concern that his personal involvement in Canada's defence might put the Prince in danger from Fenians and their supporters in the United States, but it was decided his military duty was primary. Following his arrival at Halifax , Arthur toured the country for eight weeks and made a visit in January 1870 to Washington, D.C., where he met with President Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant
. During his service in Canada
he was also entertained by Canadian society; amongst other activities, he attended an investiture ceremony in Montreal
, was a guest at balls and garden parties, and attended the opening of parliament in Ottawa (becoming the first member of the Royal Family to do so), all of which was documented in photographs that were sent back for the Queen to view. It was not, however, all social and state functions for Arthur; the Prince was on 25 May 1870 engaged in fending off Fenian invaders during the Battle of Eccles Hill
Battle of Eccles Hill
, for which he received the Fenian Medal .

Arthur made an impression on many in Canada. He was given on 1 October 1869 the title Chief of the Six Nations by the Iroquois
of the Grand River Reserve in Ontario and the name Kavakoudge (meaning the sun flying from east to west under the guidance of the Great Spirit ), enabling him to sit in the tribe's councils and vote on matters of tribe governance. As he became the 51st chief on the council, his appointment broke the centuries-old tradition that there should only be 50 chiefs of the Six Nations. Of the Prince, Lady Lisgar, wife of then Governor General of Canada
Governor General of Canada
the Lord Lisgar , noted in a letter to Victoria that Canadians seemed hopeful Prince Arthur would one day return as governor general. The Duke wearing 18th-century Highland dress
Highland dress
, c. 1875 – 1880

Arthur was promoted to the honorary rank of colonel on 14 June 1871, substantive lieutenant-colonel in 1876, colonel on 29 May 1880 and, on 1 April 13 years later, was made a general. He gained military experience as Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Army
Bombay Army
from December 1886 to March 1890. He went on to be General Officer Commanding Southern District , at Portsmouth
, from September 1890 to 1893. The Prince had hoped to succeed his first cousin once-removed, the elderly Prince George, Duke of Cambridge , as Commander-in-chief
of the British Army , upon the latter's forced retirement in 1895. But this desire was denied to Arthur, and instead he was given, between 1893 and 1898, command of the Aldershot District Command .

In August 1899 the 6th Battalion, Rifles of the Canadian Non-Permanent Active Militia , located in Vancouver, British Columbia, asked Prince Arthur to give his name to the regiment and act as its honorary colonel. The regiment had recently been converted to the infantry role from the 2nd Battalion, 5th British Columbia Regiment of Canadian Artillery. With the Prince's agreement the unit was renamed 6th Regiment, Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles (DCORs) on 1 May 1900. He was subsequently appointed colonel-in-chief of the regiment, then known as The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught\'s Own) , in 1923. He held that appointment until his death. Arthur, Duke of Connaught, John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent
, 1908

On 26 June 1902 he was promoted to the post of field marshal , and thereafter served in various important positions, including Commander-in-Chief of Ireland , from January 1900 to 1904, with the dual position of commander of the Third Army Corps from October 1901, and Inspector-General of the Forces, between 1904 and 1907.


On his mother's birthday (24 May) in 1874, Arthur was created a royal peer , being titled as the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Earl of Sussex. Some years later, Arthur came into the direct line of succession to the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
in Germany, upon the death in 1899 of his nephew, Prince Alfred of Edinburgh , the only son of his elder brother, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh . He decided, however, to renounce his own and his son's succession rights to the duchy, which then passed to his other nephew, Prince Charles Edward , the posthumous son of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany .

At St. George\'s Chapel in Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
, on 13 March 1879, Arthur married Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia , the daughter of Prince Frederick Charles and a great-niece of the German Emperor, Arthur's godfather, Wilhelm I. The couple bore three children: Princess Margaret Victoria Charlotte Augusta Norah (born 15 January 1882), Prince Arthur Frederick Patrick Albert (born 13 January 1883), and Princess Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth (born 17 March 1886), who were all raised at the Connaughts' country home, Bagshot Park , in Surrey
, and after 1900 at Clarence House
Clarence House
, the Connaughts' London residence. Through his children's marriages, Arthur became the father-in-law of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden ; Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife ; and Sir Alexander Ramsay . Arthur's first two children predeceased him, Margaret while pregnant with his sixth grandchild. For many years, Arthur maintained a liaison with Leonie, Lady Leslie , sister of Jennie Churchill
Jennie Churchill
, while still remaining devoted to his wife. Prince Arthur wearing Masonic regalia.

Alongside his military career, he continued to undertake royal duties beyond, or vaguely associated with, the army. On the return from a posting in India, he again, this time with his wife, toured Canada
in 1890, stopping in all major cities across the country. He also toured Canada
in 1906. In 1910, Arthur travelled aboard the Union-Castle Line ship Balmoral Castle to South Africa, to open the first parliament of the newly formed union , and in Johannesburg
on 30 November he laid a commemorative stone at the Rand Regiments Memorial , dedicated to the British soldiers that died during the Second Boer War . When his brother was obliged to resign the office upon his accession in 1901 as King Edward VII
Edward VII
, Prince Arthur was elected as Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England
and was subsequently re-elected as such an additional 37 times before 1939, when the Prince was nearly 90 years of age.

British Royalty



Victoria, Princess Royal
Victoria, Princess Royal
and German Empress Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Helena, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany Beatrice, Princess Henry of Battenberg

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It was announced on 6 March 1911 that King George V
George V
had, by commission under the royal sign-manual , approved the recommendation of his British prime minister, H.H. Asquith , to appoint Arthur as his representative. His brother-in-law, the Duke of Argyll , had previously served as the country's governor general, but when Arthur was sworn in on 13 October 1911 in the salon rouge of the parliament buildings of Quebec , he became the first Governor General of Canada of royal descent .

To Canada, Arthur brought with him his wife and his youngest daughter, the latter of whom would become an extremely popular figure with Canadians. The Governor General and his viceregal family travelled throughout the country, performing such constitutional and ceremonial tasks as opening parliament in 1911 (to which Arthur wore his field marshal's uniform and the Duchess of Connaught wore the gown she had worn at the King's coronation the previous year) and, in 1917, laying at the newly rebuilt Centre Block
Centre Block
on Parliament Hill
Parliament Hill
the same cornerstone his older brother, the late King Edward VII, had set on 1 September 1860, when the original building was under construction. The family crossed the country a number of times and the Governor General made another trip to the United States in 1912, when he met with President William Howard Taft
William Howard Taft

When in Ottawa, Connaught maintained a routine of four days each week at his office on Parliament Hill
Parliament Hill
and held small, private receptions for members of all political parties and dignitaries. The Duke learned to ice skate and hosted skating parties at the royal and viceroyal residence— Rideau Hall
Rideau Hall
— to which the Connaughts made many physical improvements during Arthur's term as governor general. The royal family also took to camping and other outdoor sports, such as hunting and fishing. Prince Arthur and his viceregal party visit the Valcartier military base , 1914

In 1914, World War I broke out, with Canadians called to arms against Germany and Austria-Hungary
. Arthur maintained a wider role in the empire — for instance, from 1912 until his death, serving as Colonel-in-Chief of the Cape Town Highlanders Regiment
Cape Town Highlanders Regiment
— but the Connaughts remained in Canada
after the beginning of the global conflict, with Arthur emphasising the need for military training and readiness for Canadian troops departing for war, and giving his name to Connaught Cup for the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
Royal Northwest Mounted Police
, to encourage pistol marksmanship for recruits. He was also active in auxiliary war services and charities and conducted hospital visits. Though well intended, upon the outbreak of the war, Arthur immediately donned his field marshal's uniform and went, without advice or guidance from his ministers, to training grounds and barracks to address the troops and to see them off before their voyage to Europe. This was much to the chagrin of Prime Minister Robert Borden , who saw the Prince as overstepping constitutional conventions . Borden placed blame on the military secretary, Edward Stanton (whom Borden considered to be "mediocre"), but also opined that Arthur "laboured under the handicap of his position as a member of the Royal Family and never realised his limitations as Governor General." At the same time, the Duchess of Connaught worked for the Red Cross
Red Cross
and other organisations to support the war cause. She was also Colonel-in-Chief of the Duchess of Connaught's Own Irish Canadian Rangers battalion, one of the regiments in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and Princess Patricia also lent her name and support to the raising of a new Canadian army regiment— Princess Patricia\'s Canadian Light Infantry .

His term as Canada's Governor General ended in 1916.

Following the war, Arthur commissioned in memory of Canada's fallen a stained glass window which is located in St. Bartholomew\'s Church, Ottawa , next to Rideau Hall, and which the family attended regularly.


After his years in Canada, the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn held no similar public offices but undertook a number of public engagements. In 1921, he travelled to India, where he officially opened the new Central Legislative Assembly
Central Legislative Assembly
, Council of State , and Chamber of Princes
Chamber of Princes
. As president of the Boy Scouts Association and one of Lord Baden-Powell 's friends and admirers, he performed the official opening of the 3rd World Scout Jamboree at Arrowe Park
Arrowe Park

The Duke also returned to military service and continued well into World War II, where he was seen as a grandfather figure by aspiring recruits. The Duchess, who had been ill during their years at Rideau Hall, died in March 1917, and Arthur mostly withdrew from public life in 1928; his last formal engagement was the opening of the Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth, Devon, on 3 November 1934.


He died in 1942 at Bagshot Park , at the age of 91 years, 8 months and 15 days, the same age to the day as his elder sister, Louise, Duchess of Argyll , who had died three years before. He was buried in the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore . He was the second last of her children to die with his younger sister Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
dying two years later.


Main article: List of titles and honours of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

As a member of the royal family and having been a viceroy, Prince Arthur held a number of titles and styles during his life. He was also the recipient of many honours, both domestic and foreign. He was an active member of the military, eventually reaching the rank of Field Marshal , and served as personal aide-de-camp to four successive sovereigns.


Arms of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

Notes Prince Arthur was granted a coat of arms with his dukedom, consisting of the escutcheon of the arms of the sovereign in right of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, with a difference of a label argent, of three points, the first and third bearing fleurs-de-lys azure, and the central a cross gules and an inescutcheon of Saxony. In 1917, the inescutcheon was dropped by royal warrant from King George V
George V
. Adopted 1874 Escutcheon Quarterly 1st and 4th gules three lions passant guardant in pale or 2nd or a lion rampant gules within a double tressure flory counterflory gules 3rd azure a harp or stringed argent. Supporters Dexter a lion rampant gardant or imperially crowned proper, sinister a unicorn argent, armed, crined and unguled or, gorged with a coronet or composed of crosses patée and fleurs de lis a chain affixed thereto passing between the forelegs and reflexed over the back also or. Other elements Overall an inescutcheon of Saxony (for his father) and differenced by a label of three points argent, the central point charged with a St George\'s Cross , the points dexter and sinister charged with a Fleur-de-Lis azure. Symbolism As with the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom. The first and fourth quarters are the arms of England
, the second of Scotland , the third of Ireland .



Princess Margaret of Connaught ("Daisy") 15 January 1882 1 May 1920 married, 15 June 1905, Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden ; had issue

Prince Arthur of Connaught
Prince Arthur of Connaught
13 January 1883 12 September 1938 married, 15 October 1913, Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife ; had issue

Princess Victoria Patricia of Connaught ("Patsy") 17 March 1886 12 January 1974 married, 27 February 1919, Captain Sir Alexander Ramsay , renouncing her title and becoming Lady Patricia Ramsay; had issue



16. Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

8. Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

17. Duchess Sophie Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

4. Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

18. Heinrich XXIV, Count of Reuss-Ebersdorf

9. Countess Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorf
Countess Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorf

19. Countess Karoline Ernestine of Erbach-Schönberg
Countess Karoline Ernestine of Erbach-Schönberg

2. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

20. Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

10. Augustus, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Augustus, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

21. Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen

5. Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

22. Frederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg
Frederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg

11. Duchess Louise Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Duchess Louise Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

23. Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

1. Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

24. Frederick, Prince of Wales
Frederick, Prince of Wales

12. George III of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom

25. Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha
Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha

6. Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn

26. Charles Louis Frederick, Duke of Mecklenburg-Mirow

13. Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

27. Princess Elizabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Princess Elizabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen

3. Victoria of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom

28. Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (= 16)

14. Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
(= 8)

29. Duchess Sophie Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (= 17)

7. Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

30. Heinrich XXIV, Count of Reuss-Ebersdorf (= 18)

15. Countess Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorf
Countess Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorf
(= 9)

31. Countess Karoline Ernestine of Erbach-Schönberg
Countess Karoline Ernestine of Erbach-Schönberg
(= 19)


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Named in his honour:

* Connaught , a neighbourhood in Calgary
, Alberta
, Canada
* Connaught Place, New Delhi
Connaught Place, New Delhi
, the commercial centre of India's capital, the epicentre of the imperial Lutyens\' Delhi * Connaught Place, London
, at the south end of Edgeware Road , very close to the Marble Arch
Marble Arch
and Hyde Park * Connaught Road , Hong Kong
Hong Kong
, a major thoroughfare on the north shore of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Island. * fr:Rue Prince-Arthur, a street in Montreal
which is partly a pedestrian mall.


* ^ Through Princess Margaret, the reigning monarchs of Sweden and Denmark are descended from the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn.


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Queen Victoria
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