Along with her sister, Margaret, and her brother, Arthur, Patricia travelled extensively as a child and spent two years in India and then moved to Canada in 1911 when her father was appointed Governor General. On 22 February 1918, Patricia was named Colonel-in-Chief of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the last private regiment ever raised in the British empire and she designed the badge and colours herself.
As one of the most eligible princesses in Europe, the prospects of Patricia’s future marriage was a hot topic in Europe and she was linked to princes in the royal houses of Portugal, Spain and Russia, however she chose a commoner. Patricia married naval Commander The Hon. Alexander Ramsay, one of her father’s aides-de-camp, at Westminster Abbey on 27 February 1919. Afterwards, she relinquished her royal titles and became known as Lady Patricia Ramsay, although she remained in the line of succession and was an active member of the royal household.
Patricia died in Surrey on 12 January 1974, and was the younger of only two surviving female grandchildren of Queen Victoria at that time. The other being, Alice of Albany, the daughter of Leopold, the youngest son of Queen Victoria.