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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Nicole, Duchess of Bedford (1920-2012)

_Nicole Duchess of Bedford, sometime chatelaine of Woburn Abbey, the third wife and widow of the 13th Duke of Bedford, died in Monaco, 7 September, 2012. She was 92.

She was born Nicole Marie Charlotte Pierrette Jeanne Schneider, at Paris, 29 June, 1920, daughter of Paul Scneider by his wife Marguerite Durand; married firstly, circa 1938, Henri Milinaire, by whom she had four children; married 2ndly, 1960, as his third wife, the 13th Duke of Bedford (1917-2002), of Woburn Abbey. Her husband died at Santa Fe, New Mexico, 25 Oct, 2002. She is survived by 2 sons and 1 daughter.

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