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  1. Mistress of the Robes. Ann Fortune FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton, GCVO JP ( née Smith; 24 February 1920 – 3 December 2021) was a British courtier who served as Mistress of the Robes to Queen Elizabeth II from 1967 until her death in 2021. She was the wife of Hugh FitzRoy, 11th Duke of Grafton and grandmother of Henry FitzRoy, 12th Duke of ...

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    She was born as Ann Fortune Smith to Captain Evan Cadogan Eric Smith MC of Ashfold in Sussex, and his wife Beatrice Williams. Her younger brother, Sir John Smith, was a financier with the family banking business (formerly known as Smith's Bank of Nottingham, later titled as the National Provincial Bank and then part of NatWest), a Conservative MP, ...

    On 12 October 1946, she married the then Earl of Euston, whom she had first met at the age of 18 at a ball at Euston Hall. They had five children: 1. James Oliver Charles FitzRoy, Earl of Euston, born on 13 December 1947, died on 1 October 2009(2009-10-01) (aged 61). He was married to Lady Clare Amabel Margaret Kerr, daughter of Peter Kerr, 12th Ma...

    24 February 1920 – 12 October 1946: MissAnn Fortune Smith
    12 October 1946 – 11 November 1970: Countess of Euston
    11 November 1970 – 7 April 2011: Her GraceThe Duchess of Grafton
    7 April 2011 – present: Her GraceThe Dowager Duchess of Grafton

    She was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II between 1953 and 1966, and she has been Mistress of the Robes since 1967. The Queen is godmother to her daughter, Lady Virginia Mary Elizabeth FitzRoy. The Duchess was appointed a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in the 1980 Birthday Honours.

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  3. Duchess of Grafton is the title given to the wife of the Duke of Grafton. Women who have held the title include: Isabella FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton (1668–1723) Anne FitzPatrick, Countess of Upper Ossory (1737–1804), who was duchess from 1757 until her divorce in 1769. Fortune FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton (1920–2021)

  4. She was married at the age of four to Henry FitzRoy, Earl of Euston (later created Duke of Grafton ), the nine-year-old illegitimate son of King Charles II. The wedding ceremony was repeated on 7 November 1679 and they lived at Euston Hall. Isabella and her husband had one son, Charles FitzRoy, who succeeded his parents as 2nd Duke of Grafton ...

  5. Dec 04, 2021 · Fortune FitzRoy, the Dowager Duchess of Grafton, has died at the age of 101, just three months before her 102nd Birthday. The Dowager Duchess was the Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting for almost seven decades years, and Mistress of the Robes, the most Senior Lady-in-Waiting, for over 50 years. Our condolences to the Duchess’ family and friends!

  6. Duke of Grafton is a title in the Peerage of England. It was created in 1675 by Charles II of England for Henry FitzRoy, his second illegitimate son by the Duchess of Cleveland. The most famous duke was probably the 3rd Duke of Grafton, who served as Prime Minister in the 1760s. The Duke of Grafton holds three subsidiary titles, all created in 1675 in the peerage of England: Earl of Euston, Viscount Ipswich, and Baron Sudbury. Between 1723 and 1936 the dukes, being descended from the 1st Duke's

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