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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Katharine Juliet Bowes-Lyon 1926-2014

_. Katharine Juliet Bowes-Lyon, who died 23 February, 2014, was a first cousin of the Queen.

She was born 4 July, 1926, fifth, youngest and last surviving daughter of the Hon John Herbert Bowes Lyon (1886-1930), by his wife the former Hon Fenella Hepburn Stuart Forbes-Trefusis (d. 1966), daughter of the 21st Baron Clinton.

From an early age, mentally defective, she was confined to a hospital, and controversially described as deceased in editions of Burke's Peerage and Baronetage ~ so described by her mother in compiling information for the tome.

Her siblings were Patricia, who died in infancy, Anne, who married Viscount Anson, and was mother of the late Earl of Lichfield, the photographer. After Anson's death she married Prince George of Denmark. Nerissa, mentally defective like her sister, who died in 1986, and Diana, who married Peter Somervell.

Katharine's father was a brother of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, &c, who was 2nd son of the 14th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne.

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