As the youngest surviving child, Maud was lucky to have a less austere upbringing than her siblings and she was reportedly her father’s favourite child. Maud was a tomboy, which earned her the nickname of Harry, and she loved sports and horse riding. Maud wanted to marry Francis of Teck, the younger brother of her sister-in-law, Mary, however he ignored her advances.
On 22 July 1896, Maud married her first cousin, Carl of Denmark, the second son of Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark and Louise of Sweden. The couple had to wait seven years until their only child, Alexander, was born on 2 July 1903 and it has been suggested that some sort of early process of artificial insemination was involved. Since Carl was in the Danish navy, the couple lived mainly in Denmark but they were given Appleton House at Sandringham as a gift from Maud’s parents and that’s where their son, Alexander, was born.
In 1905, Norway dissolved the longstanding union with Sweden and Carl was offered the throne of Norway, partly due to Maud’s connections with the British royal family, and he was crowned as Haakon VII in Trondheim on 22 June 1906. Although Maud would never cut her ties with Britain, she enjoyed her new duties as queen consort and was careful to show her support for Norwegian customs and culture. Maud and Haakon’s son was renamed Olav and was raised Norwegian.
In 1938, Maud became seriously ill with stomach pains and was taken to a clinic where emergency surgery was done. Maud survived the surgery but later died of heart failure on 20 November with Haakon by her side. Maud’s body was returned to Norway where she was interred in the royal mausoleum at the Akershus Castle in Oslo. She was the last surviving child of Alexandra and Edward VII.