Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The death of the Countess of Southesk

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December 14, 1945

The Countess of Southesk died today of "acute bronchitis" at London Hospital.  She was 52 years old.

The Countess was the wife of the Earl of Southesk, and a first cousin of King
George VI.

According to the New York Times, the Countess was a "keen angler," and particularly "skilled at salmon fishing." She also took an "active interest in her husband's model farm at Elsick in Kincardineshire."

She was thirteenth in line to the British throne.  In 1943, she was one of five Counselors of State appointed by King George VI "during his absence on a visit to Africa."

The Countess of Southesk was born Lady Maud Alexandra Victoria Georgina Bertha Duff, the second daughter of the late Duke of Fife and the late Princess Louise, the Princess Royal, eldest daughter of King Edward VII.

In 1905, after King Edward VII named Princess Louise as the Princess Royal, he created her two daughters as princesses with the rank of Highness.   Princess Maud stopped using her own title after she married the then Lord Carnegie, now the 11th Earl of Southesk, in November 1923. 

The Countess is survived by her husband, Lord Southesk, and their son, James George Alexander Bannerman, Lord Carnegie, who was born in 1929.    She is also survived by her older sister, HRH Princess Arthur of Connaught, who is also the Duchess of Fife in her own right.

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