Lady Maud Alexandra Victoria Georgina Bertha Duff was born at East Sheen Lodge, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, the daughter of Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife, and his wife, Louise, Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of King Edward VII and Alexander of Denmark.
Queen Victoria had granted Maud's father a second dukedom of Fife in the peerage of the United Kingdom in 1900 with a special remainder providing for the succession of the duke's daughters and their male-line descendants to the title, in default of a male heir. Maud became second in line to the dukedom and her son would eventually succeed to the title as the 3rd Duke of Fife upon the death of her elder sister, Alexandra, in 1959.
King Edward VII bestowed upon Maud's mother the title of Princess Royal on November 9 1905. He further ordered the Garter King of Arms to gazette Maud and her sister with the style and attribute of Highness and the style of Princess prefixed to their respective Christian names, with precedence immediately after all members of the British royal family bearing the style of Royal Highness. They were always styled in official documents as Her Highness Princess Maud or Alexandra, without the territorial designation "of Fife".
Princess Maud was married on November 13, 1923, at the Royal Military Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London, to Charles, Lord Carnegie (23 September 1893 – 16 February 1992), the eldest son of Charles Noel Carnegie, 10th Earl of Southesk, and Ethel Mary Elizabeth Bannerman. He inherited the title of (11th) Earl of Southesk on his father's death on November 10, 1941.
IN MEMORY OF
THE COUNTESS OF SOUTHESK
FORMERLY PRINCESS MAUD
3RD APRIL 1890 - 14TH DECEMBER 1945
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