Deaths Announcements 2019

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The Lady Anne Mackenzie [nee Fitzroy], who died 4 November, 2019, aged 99, was a scion of the Dukes of Grafton.

She was born Lady Anne Mildred Ismay Fitzroy, 7 August, 1920, the only daughter of the 10th Duke of Grafton [1892-1970], a direct male line descendant of King Charles II. Her mother was the duke's first wife, the former Lady Doreen Maria Josepha Sydney Buxton [1897-1923], daughter of the 1st Earl Buxton; her elder brother was the 11th Duke of Grafton, KG [1919-2011].

Lady Anne married 19 Apr, 1947, Major Colin Dalziel Mackenzie, MBE, MC [born 23 March, 1919, died 1999], the eldest son of Lieut-Col Alexander Mackenzie, CVO, DSO, of Farr, co Inverness, by whom she had issue,

Adolph, Count van Rechteren-Limpurg, Master van Almelo en Vriezenveen died in Almelo on 15 November.

He was born in Berlin on 10 July 1931 as the only child of Willem, Count van Rechteren-Limpurg, Master van Almelo en Vriezenveen (1898-1992) & his wife Fay Esmé, nee Baroness van Heemstra (1908-1968).
He married on 8 October 1966 Elisabeth Catharina Buis (b.1936) by whom he had two sons: Max Willem Arthur (b.1967) & Christiaan Adolph (b.1971) and seven grandchildren.

Countess Monika von Deym, nee Matz, Countess von Spiegelfeld died this year.

She was born in 1927 as second of four children and older daughter of Countess Marie von Enzenberg zum Freyen-und Jöchelsthurn (1900-1990) & her husband Sigmund Matz, Count von Spiegelfeld (1898-1978).
She was married twice: married firstly in 1961 Count Franz von Deym (1925-1962) by whom she had a son Martin [(b.1962), married to Karin Jöhrer (b1965)] and secondly in 1965 his relative, Count Albrecht von Deym (1924-2015) be whom she had another son Dominik von Deym [(b1967), married to Anne-Marie Nelken (b.1959].
She left both sons, daughters-in-law and only granddaughter Stephanie (b.2004) [daughter of Martin and Karin]

Nina Arkadjevna Ougritchitch-Trebinsky died this year.

She was born in 1925 as an only child of Duchess Elena von Leuchtenberg (1896-1977), m.1920 Arkadj Ougritchitch-Trebinsky (1897-1982).
She married in 1950 Robert Whyte Cannaday, Jr. (1924-1981), but they divorced in 1965; they had two children: Robert Whyte Cannaday III (1955-2016) and Nena Elena (b.1960).
She leaves a daughter, at least seven grandchildren and at least seven great-grandchildren.

Source for both: Descendants of King Maximilian I Josef of Bavaria
Diana Younger, nee Douglas-Hamilton died in Edinburgh on 21 November; she was a scion of the Dukes of Hamilton & Brandon, and a second cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.

She was born in Dungavel on 13 February1932 as the eldest of four children and elder daughter of Wing Commander Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton, OBE, DFC, MP (1909-1964) & his first wife Clodagh Pamela, nee Bowes-Lyon (1908-2003), scion of the Earls of Strathmore & Kinghorne.

Her paternal grandfather was Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton & Brandon (1862-1940), and her great-grandfather (on her mother’s side) was Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne (1824-1904), who was the paternal grandfather of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

She married on 18 June 1955 (and divorced in 1973) Gavin William Younger (1926-2003), kinsman of the Younger baronets, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Johnston Younger (1899-1940), by whom she four sons and a daughter.


Lieutenant-Colonel Conway John Edward Seymour, LVO, stalwart of the Grenadier Guards, sometime adjutant of the regiment, died on 20 November.

He was born on 13 May, 1941, as a scion of the Marquesses of Hertford, elder of two sons of Major John Edward Seymour (1915-1972) & his wife Elizabeth Norah, nee Brand (1915-2002), scion of the Viscounts Hampden.
He married firstly on 10 July 1969 (and divorced 1980) Elizabeth Holdsworth Hunt (b. 1947) [daughter of Major Francis Holdsworth Hunt (1914-2011) & his wife Elizabeth, nee Weld Forester, scion of the Barons Forester]; married secondly in 1981, Diana Elizabeth Gibb (b 1945) [daughter of Michael Edward Gibb (1914-1970) & his wife Ursula Mary, nee Gibbs (1919-2000), scion of the Barons Aldenham & Hunsdon.
He leaves a son
Harry Edwardand a daughter Arabella Elizabethfrom his first marriage and another daughter Emily Dianafrom his second marriage.


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HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi Sihanouk of Cambodia or her official title HRH Samdech Reach Botrei Preah Ream Norodom Buppha Devi (Khmer: សម្តេចរាជបុត្រីព្រះរៀមនរោត្តម បុប្ផាទេវី) died at age 76 on 18 November 2019.

She was the first child of the deposed King of Cambodia, King Norodom Sihanouk and first wife Phat Kanhol. She is the step-sister of the current monarch, King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia.

She was married four times and had five children in total. She served as the Minister of Culture and Fine arts for 6 years and was also the director of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia before her death.

She died at a hospital in Bangkok after receiving medical treatment for about two weeks. Her body was returned to the kingdom, cremated in a grand ceremony and was laid to rest in Wat Botum, Phnom Penh on 25 November 2019.

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The Countess of Sutherland, the 24th holder of a peerage created in 1235, died in London on 9 December, four days after 50th death anniversary of her youngest son.

The countess, one of Scotland's biggest landowners, was seated at Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, Sutherland, and House of Tongue, by Lairg, Sutherland. Her London home was in Edwardes Square.

She was born Elizabeth Millicent Sutherland Leveson-Gower on 30 March 1921 as the only child of Major Lord Alastair St Clair Sutherland-Leveson-Gower (1890-1921; he died just three days after she was born) & his wife Elizabeth Helene Demarest (died 1931) [daughter of Warren Gardener Demarest, of New York, United States].

Her grandfather was Cromartie Leveson-Gower, the 4th Duke of Sutherland, KG (1851-191). She succeeded as 2th Countess of Sutherland and Lady Strathnaver on the death of her paternal uncle George Grainville Leveson-Gower, the 5th Duke of Sutherland, on 1 Feb, 1963.

Elizabeth Sutherland-Leveson-Gower [who later assumed the surname of Sutherland only] married on 5 January 1946 Captain Charles Noel Janson (died 15 June, 2006) [son of Captain Charles Wilfrid Janson, of Wilton Crescent, Belgravia] by whom she had three sons: twins Alistair and Martin (b.1947; they will turn 73 on 7 January) and Matthew (who died in 1969, aged 14) and a daughter, Lady Annabel (b.6 May 1952).

The Earldom of Sutherland and Lordship of Strathnaver now pass to her eldest son 9elder twin), Alistair Charles St Clair Sutherland, styled Lord Strathnaver.

Small correction, her father died almost a month after her birth.

Elizabeth was born March 30. Her father who had been hunting in Rhodesia and contacted Malaria, died on April 28th. Still horribly sad he died less then a month after she was born.

She was an orphan by 10. Her mother remarried but died 3 months after her wedding. Elizabeth was raised by her Uncle George, the Duke of Sutherland, after her mother's death.

The title Duke of Sutherland was a title though in the peerage of GB which meant it could only be inherited by a man. When Geordie (what her Uncle was known as) died, the title of Duke went to a very distant cousin John Egerton, who was Earl of Ellesmere (the sad fait of titles in an attempt to promote male inheritance). John also died childless and went to one of his distant cousins, the current Duke.

While the senior title went to the Earl of Ellesmere, he got nothing else. The land and Dunrobin castle went to Elizabeth. Though shortly used for a school, Dunrobin remains a private house for the family, though the grounds are open to the public.

Elizabeth was not only Countess of Sutherland, she was Chief of Clan Sutherland. It is why she dropped the last two parts of her name. It was required of her to be chief, that she only carried Sutherland.

She was pre-deceased not only by her son, but by her husband Charles in 2006 (he was a journalist) and by a grandson James. James died this year in September. He was a member of a Kurdish group the YPG and was arrested in 2018 for possible terrorism. He was still awaiting trial when he committed suicide.
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The late Countess of Sutherland held that title from 1963 until her death in 2019 that is some time span.
Countess Therese Maria Hoyos, nee Baroness Mayr von Melnhof died this year.

She was born in 1926 as sixth of nine children of Countess Maria-Anna von Meran (1897-1983) & her husband Baron Friedrich Mayr von Melnhof (1892-1959).
She married in 1949 Count Heinrich Hoyos (1924-1999) by whom she had eight children: Ernst (b.1950), Alfred (b.1951), Teresita (b.1953), Veronika (b.1955), Heinrich (b.1956), Ladislaja (b.1957), Markus (b.1960) & Hemma (b.1965).

She is survived by her children, twnty-seven grandchildren, and twenty-six living great-grandchildren (one died soon after birth or was stillborn).

Source: Descendants of Archduke Johann of Austria
Dagmar von Arbin, née Countess Bernadotte af Wisborg died on 22 December in her house in Stockholm.

She was born on 10 April 1916 in Stockholm as oldest child of Count Carl Bernadotte of Wisborg (1890-1977) & his first wife Marianne de Geer af Leufsta (1893-1978) her full siblings were: Nils (1918-1920), Oscar (1921-2018) & Martha (b.1926); her parents divorced in 1935 and two years later her father married Gerty Borjesson (1910-2004) by whom he had another son Claes (b.1942).
She married on 16 October 1936 in Fröturna Nils von Arbin (1910-1985) by whom she had five daughters Marianne (1937-2006), Lovisa (b.1940), Cathrine (b.1946), Jeanette (b.1951) and Madeleine (b.1955).
She lost also one grandson (firstborn son of Marianne, dead in 1959 at birth or soon after).
At the moment of death she left not only her sister, half-brother and four surving daughters, but also thirteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. [Winston Wearing born in 2018: great-grandson of her late firstborn daughter Marianne von Arbin (1937-2006) & her late former husband Miles Flach (1934-2011); grandson of their only living daughter Camilla Flach (b.1960) & her former husband Steven Wearing (b.1957); son of their firstborn son Fredrick Wearing (b.1991) & his wife Agnes, nee Lindholm (b.1988).

Descendants of Duke Wilhelm of Nassau

Horrible tragedy happened in Norwegian Royal family - former son-in-law of the Norwegian Royal Couple Ari Behn apparently commited Suicide in Lommedalen, Norway on Christmas Day.

He was born as Ari Mikael Bjørshol in 1972 in Aarhus, Denmark, to Olav Bjørshol (b. 1952) and Marianne Rafaela Solberg (b. 1953); they later divorced and both remarried. He had two younger siblings, Anja Sabrina and Espen, neither of whom use the name Behn.
His original surname was Bjørshol and he was known by family and during his childhood and youth under the given name Mikael. In 1996 he changed his name to Ari Behn when he took his maternal grandmother's maiden name.
Behn achieved literary success in Norway with his first collection of short stories, titled Trist som faen ("Sad as hell"), in 1999. His work received several good reviews and sold more than 100,000 copies. As an author he is best known for his first book; he subsequently published four other novels to more mixed reviews.
Together with his wife, Princess Märtha, Behn wrote a book about their wedding in 2002. He also participated in various creative projects, for example, the design of a china set named "Peacock" for Magnor Glassverk, and had been a model for a clothing chain.
He also made TV documentaries, including a critical documentary on the Afghanistan War in 2002, titled Øst for krigen – invitert av Taliban.
Behn appeared in the comedy films Team Antonsen in 2004 and Long Flat Balls in 2006.
He was a freelance writer for several newspapers and magazines. In 2011 he co-hosted the award-winning TV series Ari og Per with his friend Per Heimly. Behn was also a playwright; His first play, Treningstimen, debuted in 2011.
From 2013 until his death, Behn was active as a painter in a neo-expressionist tradition; he cited Jean-Michel Basquiat as his most important inspiration. As a painter he achieved commercial success by Norwegian standards, and sold paintings for 5.7 million NOK in 2018. Behn exhibited his work internationally, including at Gabba Gallery’s exhibit Borderless: Scandinavia in Los Angeles in 2018. Behn was paired with the Scandinavian painters Mikael Persbrandt and Espen Eiborg and artwork from the trio has been shown in over 60 international galleries since 2017.
Behn published Inferno in 2018 which detailed the aftermath of his divorce and included some of his struggles with mental health.
He and Princess Martha-Louise (b.22 September 1972) [elder child of King Harald V of Norway (b.1937) & his wife Sonja, nee Haraldsen (b.1937)] married in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim (Norway) on 24 May 2002; they divorced in 2017.
Ari bereft three daughters Maud Angelica (29-4-2003), Leah isadora (8-4-2005) & Emma Tallaulah (29-9-2008).

Sources: Thread of the forum about his death
His biography in English Wikipedia.
Descendants of King Christian IX of Denmark

Princess Margarete Eleonore von Thurn und Taxis died in Hohenberg on 29 December, exactly four weeks after her 86th birthday.

She was born in Schloss Hohenberg as second of three children and elder daughter of Prince Philipp von Thurn und Taxis (1908-1964) & his wife (and cousin) Eulalia Princess von Thurn u.Taxis (1908-1993); she had a brother Albrecht (b.1930) and a sister Antonia (b.1936).
She was apparently unmarried and childless.

Thurn und Taxis
Lou de Sabran-Ponteves +22.12.2019

Hello, Lou Tehiti Catherine Stéphanette de Sabran -Ponteves (b.2008) , daughter of Elzear de Sabran-Ponteves (b.1976) and his wife née Stéphanie Boullot (b.1970) died at Hopital Necker in Paris on 22 December 2019.

Such an incredibly sad and frightening story. Every parent's nightmare.
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