Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Diana Edith Tunnicliffe 1929-2021

 Diana Edith Tunnicliffe [nee Du Cane] who died 30 June, 2021, aged 91, was descended from the Marquesses of Ormonde, and was sometime aunt by marriage of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

She was born 10 November, 1929, scion of a landed gentry family, daughter of Commander Peter Du Cane, RN, CBE [1901-84], of East Hoe Manor, Hambledon, Hampshire, and his wife the former Victoria Geraldine Pole-Carew [1904-87], scion of the baronets of that name, and a granddaughter of the 3rd Marquess of Ormonde [1844-1919].

She married firstly, 17 January, 1952 [divorced 1957], the Hon Jeremy John Cubitt [1927-58], scion of the Barons Ashcombe. The four-year old Camilla Shand [later Duchess of Cornwall] was a bridesmaid.

The Hon Jeremy Cubitt died tragically, 12 Jan, 1958, aged 30. He was the younger son of the 3rd Baron Ashcombe [1899-1962], and his wife the former Sonia Rosemary Keppel [1900-86], and was a brother of the Hon Rosalind Cubitt [1921-94], mother of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

Diana married 2ndly, 1957 [divorced 1980], Nigel Arthur Tunnicliffe [1928-82], descended from the Lords Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton, son of Maj Eric Charlton Tunnicliffe, and his wife the former Barbara Bertha Mary Stourton [1900-80].

Diana Tunnicliffe leaves a daughter from her first marriage, Sarah Cubitt [born 1953], and a daughter from the second marriage, Brigid Tunnicliffe [born 1963], and was predeceased by a daughter, Joanna Tunnicliffe who died in infancy in 1958.


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