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Thursday, June 08, 2017

2nd Baron Bridges, GCMG 1927-2017

_. The 2nd Baron Bridges, GCMG, who died 27 May, 2017, aged 89, was a diplomat, and sometime British Ambassador to Rome.

Thomas Edward Bridges was born 27 Nov, 1927, the son of the 1st Baron Bridges, KG, GCB, GCVO, MC, PC (1892-1969), who had served as Cabinet Secretary throughout the Second World War, by his wife the former Hon Katharine Farrer, dau of the 2nd Baron Farrer.

Succeeded to the peerage on his father's death, 27 Aug 1969, was ambassador to Rome, 1983-87, and was elected to the House of Lords in 1999.

Lord Bridges married 1 Sept 1953, Rachel Mary Bunbury, dau of Sir Henry Bunbury, KCB, by whom he had issue.

His son, the Hon Mark Bridges, who was born 25 July, 1954, now succeeds as third holder of the peerage.

Funeral at St Bartholemew's Church, Orford, Suffolk, 20 June, 2017.

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