Social Victorians/People/Keppel

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

Freddie Keppel[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: his, Keppel; hers, Edmunstone
  • Freddie (Alice Frederica) Edmonstone Keppel
  • Alice Keppel: VIAF: 62357923

Hon. George Keppel[edit | edit source]

  • the Honourable George Keppel
  • Son of William Coutts Keppel, 7th Earl of Albemarle (15 April 1832 – 28 August 1894)

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: British

Residences[edit | edit source]

  • 30 Portman Square

Family[edit | edit source]

  • Freddie (Alice Frederica) Edmonstone Keppel (29 April 1868 – 11 September 1947)[1]
  • George Keppel (14 October 1865 – 22 November 1947)[2]
  1. Violet Trefusis (6 June 1894 – 1 March 1970 [Wikipedia says 1972])
  2. Sonia Cubitt (24 May 1900 – 16 August 1986)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Freddie (Alice) Keppel's Lovers[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1891 June 1, Alice (Freddie) Edmonstone and George Keppel married.[3]

1897 July 2, Alice and George Keppel attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House.

1898, Alice (Freddie) Keppel became the mistress of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales. The article on her in Wikipedia[1] says they met in 1898, but they both were present at the Duchess of Devonshire's ball in 1897, so she likely was presented if not introduced to him; on the other hand, 700 people were there.

Costume at the Duchess of Devonshire's 2 July 1897 Fancy-dress Ball[edit | edit source]

At the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball, Freddie Keppel (at 231), called the Hon. Mrs. George Keppell in the newspapers, was

  • dressed as Madame de Polignac in the quadrille of the Louis XV and XVI Period.[4]
  • "very beautiful"; she, "as Madame de Polignac, wore a lovely dress of silver cloth embroidered in silver and pink gems and garlands of small roses. The bunched out over dress was of pink and silver brocade lined with apple-green satin."[5]:6, Col. 1a
  • "Among these [in the Countess of Warwick's Marie Antoinette quadrille] the Honourable Mrs. George Keppell looked very beautiful.... Mrs. George Keppell, as Madame de Polignac, wore a lovely dress of silver cloth embroidered in silver, and pink gems and garlands of small roses. The bunched-out over-dress was of pink and silver brocade lined with apple green satin."[6]:5, Col. 9c

George Keppel (who is at 39 and early in the list for the London Morning Post), was dressed as

  • "King Solomon. Tunic of white silk with an elaborate border of jewels; turquoise silk robe lined with white, and a jewelled crown."[4]:7, Col. 7b

He walked in the "Oriental" Processions in the Suite of Men following the two Queens of Sheba (Lady Cynthia Graham and Princess Henry of Pless).[4]:7, Col. 5b[7]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Alice Keppel". Wikipedia. 2020-06-11. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alice_Keppel&oldid=962041251. 
  2. "George Keppel (British Army officer, born 1865)". Wikipedia. 2020-07-14. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Keppel_(British_Army_officer,_born_1865)&oldid=967698366. 
  3. "Alice Frederica Edmonstone." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Fancy Dress Ball at Devonshire House." Morning Post Saturday 3 July 1897: 7 [of 12], Col. 4a–8 Col. 2b. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970703/054/0007.
  5. "Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Ball. A Brilliant Spectacle. Some of the Dresses." London Daily News Saturday 3 July 1897: 5 [of 10], Col. 6a–6, Col. 1b. British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18970703/024/0005 and http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000051/18970703/024/0006.
  6. "The Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Dress Ball. Special Telegram." Belfast News-Letter Saturday 03 July 1897: 5 [of 8], Col. 9 [of 9]. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000038/18970703/015/0005.
  7. "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.