Sunday, November 01, 2020

Lady Elizabeth Georgiana Anson, CVO 1941-2020

 _. The death has been reported of the Lady Elizabeth Anson, CVO, the party planner, socialite, first cousin once removed of the Queen. Lady Elizabeth died 1 November, 2020.

Lady Elizabeth has been planning parties for her cousin, The Queen, since 1960. Notable events has she planned include Sting's wedding, Margaret Thatcher's 70th birthday party, Elizabeth II's 80th birthday party, the wedding of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, and Marie-Chantal Miller and a reception for foreign royals the night before the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel.

As the step-daughter of a Danish prince, Lady Elizabeth has also attended many royal events in continental Europe, including the 80th birthday celebrations in Oslo of The King and Queen of Norway, and the funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg. In 1966, Lady Elizabeth was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and Jonkheer Claus van Amsberg. In 2018, Lady Elizabeth attended the state banquet given by The Queen in honour of The King and Queen of the Netherlands at Buckingham Palace.

She was born at Windsor Castle, as Elizabeth Georgiana Anson, 7 June, 1941, the only daughter of Lt-Col Thomas Arnold Anson, styled Viscount Anson [1913-1958], by his first wife the former Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes Lyon [1917-80], niece of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

King George VI stood sponsor at her christening.

Her mother married, as her second husband, 16 Sept, 1950, HRH Prince Georg of Denmark [1920-86].

Elizabeth Anson's paternal grandfather was the 4th Earl of Lichfield [1883-1960], and on his death Elizabeth's brother, Patrick, the society photographer, succeeded as 5th Earl. She was subsequently raised to the rank of an earl's daughter, by Royal Warrant, in 1961.

Lady Elizabeth married, with members of the Royal Family in attendance, 27 July, 1972, Sir Geoffrey Shakerley, 6th Baronet [1932-2012]. The marriage ended in divorce.

Lady Elizabeth leaves one daughter, Fiona Elizabeth Fenella Shakerley, who was born 18 Aug, 1973.

Lady Elizabeth [Liza to her friends], was appointed CVO, earlier this year.


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