Friday, July 02, 2021

The Hon Lady Roberts, DCVO 1949-2021

The Hon Lady Roberts, DCVO, who died 29 June, 2021, aged, 71, was a senior member of the Royal Household, the Curator of the Print Room at Windsor Castle from 1975 and the Royal Librarian from 2002 until her retirement in July 2013. She was a scion of the Barons Aldington.

She was born the Hon [Priscilla] Jane Stephanie Low, 4 September, 1949, daughter of the 1st Baron Aldington [1914-2000], and his wife the former Felicité Ann Araminta MacMichael [1921-2012].

She married 13 December, 1975, Sir Hugh Ashley Roberts, GCVO [born 20 Apr, 1948], who was until 2010, the Director of the Royal Collection, the art collection of the British Royal Family, and Surveyor of the Queen's Works of Art, whose office is responsible for the care and maintenance of the royal collection of works of art owned by the Sovereign of the United Kingdom in an official capacity. Sir Hugh is the son of the Rt Rev Edward James Keymer Roberts [1908-2001], sometime Bishop of Ely, and his wife the former Dorothy Frances Bowser [died 1982].

Jane Roberts was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1984. She was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant (LVO) in 1995, to Commander (CVO) in 2004, and to Dame Commander (DCVO) of the same Order in 2013.

She lived with Sir Hugh at Adelaide Cottage, a grace and favour home near Frogmore House in Home Park, Windsor. 

Lady Roberts is survived by her husband and leaves two daughters, Sophie Jane Cecilia Roberts (born 28 March 1978) and Amelia Frances Albinia Roberts (born 1982).


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