Noble Deaths Announcements 2017

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Dieter Usner, husband of Madeleine von Oswald, died this year age 76/77.

He was born in 1940. In 1997 he married Madeleine von Oswald (*1961), daughter of Baroness Johanna Mayr von Melnhof (*1935) and Johann-Christoph von Oswald (1925-1982). They had one daughter, Emily, in 1999.

Source: Descendants of Archduke Johann of Austria
Count Anton von Herberstein died this year.

He was born in 1935. He married in 1963 Countess Elisabeth Kottulinsky von Kottulin und Dobrzenicz (b.1943) [daughter of Johann Adalbert, Count Kottulinsky von Kottulin und Dobrzenicz (1913-1984) {himself son of Countess Maria Theresia von Meran (1893-1981) & her husband, Count Karl Kunata Dobrzensky von Dobrzenicz, who became Karl Kunata, Count Kottulinsky von Kottulin und Dobrzenicz (1877-1939)} & his wife, Baroness Cecile von Ottenfels genanntt von Gschwind (1912-2008)] bywhom he had a daughter Theresa (b.1964) and a son Johann Michael (b.1965).
In 2001 he lost his son-in-law Johann Markusich, who died aged only 31, beareaving Theresa and three little sons: Lukas (b.1993), Ferdinand (b.1996) & Nicodemus (b.2000).
In 2004 Theresa gave birth to her fourth son Stanislas, whose father is Christoph von Lattorf (b.1970); they got maried in 2008.
Johann Michael & his wife Camilla, nee Countess zu Hardegg auf Glatz und im Machlande (b.1973) have two sons: Johann Wenzel (b.2004) & Johann Xavier (b.2011).

Count Alfons von Coreth zu Coredo died this year.

He was born in Waizenkirchen (Upper Austria) on 19 February 1930. He married in Salzburg on 21 May 1962 Princess Yvonne of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (b.1942) [daughter of Ludwig, Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (1915-1962) & his wife, Baroness Marianne Mayr von Melnhof (*1919)] but they divorced in 1970.
They had two sons together: Constantin (b.1963) & Maximilian (b.1965) as well as seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Source for both: Descendants of Archduke Johann of Austria

Mrs Jean Frances Woodroffe, CVO, nee Hambro, primo voto Gibbs, secundo voto Elphinstone, died on 7 December.

She was a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen (when Princess Elizabeth, from 1945) and served as an Extra Woman of the Bedchamber to Her Majesty from 1954. Mrs Woodroffe was a cousin of the Queen by marriage and one of her oldest friends.
She was born on 22 February 1923, a scion of the Hambro banking dynasty, the fourth daughter of Angus Valdimar Hambro (1883-1957) & his second wife Vanda Dorothy Julia Charlton.
She married firstly, on 19 September 1942, Captain the Honourable Vicary Gibbs (1921-1944) of the Grenadier Guards [eldest son of Walter Durant Gibbs, the 4th Baron Aldenham & his wife Elinor Paul]; nearly eight months later, on 14 May 1943, their firstborn daughter, Susan Frances Gibbs, was born, but died already on 1 July (probably due to her prematurity).
Her first husband was killed in action at Nijmegen on 20 September 1944, leaving her with an infant daughter, Jennifer Susan, aged four months and eight days then (who was a Lady in Waiting to the Queen Mother 1993-2002).
The Honourable Mrs Vicary Gibbs married secondly, on 29 May 1946, Reverend the Honourable Andrew Elphinstone (1918-1975) a nephew of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother [exactly: fourth of five children of her eldest sister, Lady Mary Bowes-Lyon (1883-1961) & her husband, Sidney Herbert Elphinstone, 16th Baron Elphinstone (1869-1955)].
From this marriage she had two children, a daughter Rosemary (b.1947) for whom the then Princess Elizabeth stood sponsor, and a son James (1953-1994) later the 18th Lord Elphinstone.
She married thirdly, in 1980, Lieutenant-Colonel John William Richard Woodroffe, the widower of her elder sister, Patricia.

Elizabeth Longford in her biography Elizabeth R writes that in 1945 "Princess Elizabeth was given her own footman, and housemaid and second Lady in Waiting (the first was Lady Mary Strachey). The way in which the second appointment was made in March 1945 was characteristic of the Royal Family's touching almost blind trust in their own inner circle.

The Hon Mrs Vicary Gibbs was a pretty 21 year-old widow whose husband, a Grenadier officer, had been killed in Holland. Jean Hambro by birth she was later to become Princess Elizabeth's first cousin by marriage to Andrew Elphinstone. One day Jean Gibbs received a letter from Sir Arthur Penn, the Queen's private secretary, explaining that an additional lady was needed to serve the princess, a lady who could talk about the Grenadiers and Officers' Welfare. Mrs Gibbs had never set eyes on the King or Queen. Nor had Princess Elizabeth ever set eyes on her. Yet this extraordinary 'on trust' arrangement was to work perfectly, lasting from 1945 to 1954, and continuing thereafter on a part time basis."

Jean Elphinstone only gave up full-time work for the Queen when her husband, Andrew, a Church of England priest, took on a parish in Surrey and she went to assist him there.

Mrs Woodroffe is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer and Rosemary, as well as ten grandchildren and at least nine great-grandchildren; her son, James, Lord Elphinstone died on 19 December 1994, aged only 41, bereaving a wife and four children.

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Hélène de Rougé died on October 6, aged 96.

Hélène was born in 1921 to Urbain, Count de Rougé (1882-1933) and his wife Sophie de Bourbon-Busset (1887-1967). She was the second of five children and the last to pass away. She never married and had no children.

Source: Roug?
Princess Micheline de Merode, née de Gontaut-Birondied on 18 December, one month and eleven days after her 100th birthday.

She married Prince Philippe de Merode (1913-1974)[son of Felix, Prince de Merode (1882-1943) & his wife Françoise de Clermont-Tonnerre (1885-1957)]in Paris civilly 22 June and religiously on 26 June 1942, by whom she had three children: Jean-Felix (1943-1977), Pierre (b.1948) & Diane (b.1953).

Sources: Merode
An unimaginable tragedy has touched Count Gobert d'Aspremont-Lynden (b.1986)
[oldest of five children of Count Jean-Charles d'Aspremont Lynden (b.1957) {himself oldest of six children of Countess Marie of Limburg-Stirum (b.1935) & her late husband, Count Gobert-Leopold d'Aspremont-Lynden (1931-2015) & his wife Dominique, nee Jonkvrouw Lamarche] &
his wife Anne-Therese, nee de Montpellier d'Annevoie (b.1986):

Their youngest child, Gobert-Leopold died on 17 December.

On Christmas Eve he would have turned eight months.

He had two sisters: Rose (b.2012) & Josephine (2014).

How could such a tragedy happened just before Christmas???!!!
Every one should be rejoicing and these devastaded young parents would probably love to fall asleep and never wake up again!


RIP, little angel...?

Prince Philip of Lobkowicz died on Christmas Day.

He was born in Rochester in 1961 as a son of Prince Friedrich of Lobkowicz (1932-1998) & his first wife, Désirée Mérey de Kaposmérö et Kisdovorán (b.1939); he had one sister Marie (b.1963).His parents divorced in 1982 and ten years later his father married Caroline Dey (b.1940).
He married in New York on 23 September 1989 Gail McDonnell (b. 1960); they had two adopted children: Sophie-Gabrielle and Friedrich Nikolaus.

Doña María del Carmen Franco y Polo, 1st Duchess of Franco, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Marchioness of Villaverde, died in Madrid on 29 December.

She was born in Oviedo on 14 February 1926 as the only child of Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teodulo Franco y Bahamonde, ruler (Caudillo) of Spain 1938-1973 (1892- 1975) & his wife Carmen Polo y Martínez-Valdès, created on 26 November 1975 Señora de Meirás (1900-1988).
She married in Palacio Real de El Pardo on 10 April 1950 Cristobal Martínez-Bordíu y Ortega, 10th Marquess of Villaverde (1922-1998)[one of four children of José María Martínez y Ortega (1890-1970) & his wife María de la O Esperanza Bordiú y Bascarán (1896-1980), 7th Countess of Argillo]. He was a heart surgeon and in 1968 he performed a first heart transplant in Spain {unfortunately the patient survived only 24 hours).
They had seven children: Maria del Carmen (b.1951), Maria de la O (Mariola) (b.1952), Francisco (b.1954, now 2nd Lord of Meirás, Grandee of Spain, 11th Marquis of Villaverde; when he was born, General Franco ordered his last names - Martínez-Bordiú and Franco- to be legally inverted so that his first male grandchild could perpetuate the Franco lineage), Maria del Mar (Merry) (b.1956), Jose Cristobal (b.1958), Maria de Aranzazu (Arantxa) (b.1962) & Jaime Felipe (b.1964).
Apart from the children she is survived by thirteen grandchildren and a couple of great-grandchildren.
Her firstborn grandson, Prince Francisco de Asís, Duke of Bourbon [son of Maria del Carmen & her first husband, Don Alfonso de Borbón y Dampierre, Duque de Cadiz, Duc d'Anjou] died in car accident on 7 February 1984, two and a half months after his 11th birthday.

Source: Franco,_1st_Duchess_of_Franco
Count Alexander (Sandor) Esterházy de Galántha died on 30 August last year.

He was born in Budapest on 15 July 1943 as second of six children of Count Kasimir Esterházy de Galántha (1906-1999) & his wife Marie-Gabrielle, Freiin Sedlnicky-Odrowaz von Choltitz (1920-2011).
He married in Eberhardszell on 12 September 1970 Countess Sidonia of Waldburg of Wolfegg and Waldsee (b.1942) by whom he had an only son, Philipp Anton Heinrich Maria (b.1975) [He married in 1999 Patricia Mercki].
Apart from his wife, son and daughter-in-law he leaves three bothers: Paul (b.1946), Andreas (b.1950) & Johann (b.1951) as well as only sister Yvonne (b.1958) and numerous nephews and nieces; his oldest brother Anton predeceased him in 2011, aged 69.

Sources: Descendants of King Maximilian I Josef of Bavaria

Major-General Bernard Gordon-Lennox, CB, MBE, late the Grenadier Guards, who died 27 December, 2017, aged 85, was a scion of the Dukes of Richmond & Gordon, descended from the Merrie Monarch King Charles II & Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth.

Sir Bernard Charles Gordon-Lennox died on 27 December last year.

He was born on 19 September 1932 as elder of two sons of Lieutenant-General Sir George Charles Gordon-Lennox, KBE, CB, CVO, DSO (1908-88) & his wife Nancy Brenda, nee Darell (died 1993) {herself daughter of Major Sir Lionel Darell, 6th Baronet, DSO}
He married on 20 November 1958, Sally-RoseWarner [only daughter of John Weston Warner, of the Old Rectory, Stanton, Worcestershire] by whom he had three sons: Edward (b.1961), Angus (b.1964) & Charles (b.1970) and eight grandchildren (the youngest Eva Joanie, daughter of Charles & his wife Sarah, nee McVittie, was born last year).
Apart from his wife, sons and grandchildren he leaves his only brother David (b.1935), sister-in-law Elizabeth, nee Stirling (b.1942) and only niece, Flora (b.1983) [who is married to Nicholas Vigors].

Sources: Peerage News: Major-General Bernard Gordon-Lennox, CB, MBE 1932-2017
Richmond, Lennox & Gordon
Count Ferdinand Peter Ernst of Colloredo-Mannsfeld died on Boxing Day.

He was born in London on 19 September 1939 as a son of Count Franz Ferdinand Romanus of Colloredo-Mannsfeld (b.1 March 1910-killed in action near Berck-sur-Mer, France 10 January 1944) & his wife Mabel Bayard Bradley (1912-1965).
He married in Boston on 25 May 1962 Suzanna Lawrence (b.1940) by whom he had three children: Franz Ferdinand (b. 1963; turns 54 today), Rudolf Josef (b.1965) & Anne Elizabeth (b.1967).
He is survived by his wife, children and numerous grandchildren as well as both his siblings: Mabel Bayard Elizabeth (b.1936) & Franz Rudolf Maria (b.1938) and their families.

Sources: Colloredo

Count Ernst Lothar of Solms-Laubach died on 20 February last year, sixteen days after his 78th birthday.

He was born in Berlin as fourth of five children and only son of Count Friedrich Botho of Solms-Laubach (b.1902-1991) & his wife Dorothea von Gohren (1909-1988); his parents divorced when he was just three.He was married thrice: firstly he married civilly on 19 March 1965 and religiously the next day in Marburg Ursula Hartmann (b.1937); they divorced in 1970.
He married secondly the same year (on 24 April) in Wehrda Eva-Maria Ritter (b.Dresden 3 Aug 1937); mother of his children: Ruppert Botho (1971-2005) & Kristin Madeleine (b.1972) and reportedly another son Stephan (b.April 1976; although it is not 100% sure as they divorced in 1975).
He married thirdly in Rosenheim on 20 March 1991 Karin Elisabeth Zürbig (b.1941).

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Anne de Bragança nee Hughson died last year.

She was born in 1921. In 1946 she married Miguel (Michael) de Bragança (1915-1996) [son of Infant Miguel of Portugal, Duke of Vizeu (1878-1923) & his wife Anita, nee Stewart (1886-1977)] by whom she had two children: Anita (b.1947) & Michele (b.1949).
Apart from them she left grandson Gerge Stuart (b.1968), granddaughter Tiffany Ann (b.1971) [children of Anita & her late first husband George Alfred Wardman (1947-2015)] and three great-grandchildren: Finn, Somers & George [children of George Stewart Wardman & his wife Kirsten, nee Pietila (b.1969)].

Source: Descendants of King Maximilian I Josef of Bavaria
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