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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Death of the Dowager Duchess of St Albans

_.The Dowager Duchess of St Albans, author, artist and journalist, widow of Charles Frederic Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk, 13th Duke of St Albans (1915-88), died suddenly at her care home in Newbury on Friday 12 February 2010 aged 88 years. She was born Suzanne Marie-Adèle Fesq, circa 1921, dau. of Emile William Fesq, of Mas Mistral, Vence, France, and married the then Charles Beauclerk, as his 2nd wife, 19 Mar, 1947. Her husband succeeded to the dukedom (Peerage of England) on the demise of a cousin, 2 Mar, 1964, and died 8 Oct 1988, when he was succeeded by a son of his 1st marriage. The duchess leaves issue, viz: Lord Peter Charles de Vere Beauclerk (b. 13 Jan 1948); Lord James Charles Fesq de Vere Beauclerk (b. 6 Feb 1949); Lord John William Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk (b. 10 Feb 1950); Lady Caroline Anne de Vere
Beauclerk (b. 19 Jul 1951). She was predeceased by a daughter who died in infancy in 1963.

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