The 4th Viscount Ridley, KG, GCVO, who died 22 March, 2012, aged 86, was a former Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, a Lord Steward of the Household to the Queen, and was holder of England's senior order of chivalry, the Order of the Garter.
Matthew White Ridlet was born 29 July, 1925, son of the 3rd Viscount by his wife the former Ursula Lutyens, daughter of Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, OM, KCIE.
Lord Ridley was Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland 1984-2000, and served as Lord Steward of the Household, 1989-2001. He was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Garter in 1992, and GCVO in 1994.
He succeeded his father as 4th Viscount (Peerage of the UK, cr 1900), 25 Feb, 1964; married at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, 3 Jan 1953, Lady Anne Katherine Lumley (d 2006), daughter of the 11th Earl of Scarbrough, KG, the Queen's Lord Chamberlain, by whom he had issue, 1 son and 3 daughters. The son, the Hon Matthew White Ridley, born 7 Feb, 1958, now inherits the family honours.