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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lady Mary Cecilia Clayton 1917-2014

_. The Lady Mary Cecilia Clayton, who died 13 February, 2014, aged 96, was a first cousin of Her Majesty the Queen.

She was born Mary Cecilia Leveson-Gower, 12 Dec, 1917, first child of the Hon William Spencer Leveson-Gower (1880-1953), a younger son of the 2nd Earl Granville (Peerage of the UK, cr 1833), by his wife the former Lady Rose Constance Bowes Lyon, GCVO (d 1967), an elder sister of HM Queen Elizabeth, consort of King George VI.

In 1939 her father succeeded his brother as 4th Earl Granville. The 4th Earl, KG, KCVO, was sometime Gov of N Ireland; Vice~Admiral. who was created KG in Dec, 1952., and who d. 25 June, 1953.

Lady Mary's younger sibling was the late 5th Earl Granville 

She married 7 July, 1956, Samuel Wittewronge Clayton, yr son of Brig-Gen Sir Gilbert Faliingham Clayton, KCMG, KBE, CB, by whom she had issue a son, Gilbert (b 1958), and a daughter Rose (1960).

A Service will be held at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park, Friday 7 March.

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