Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Royals in Medals #8: Princess Alexandra and Sir Angus Ogilvy

Princess Alexandra, LG, DCVO

Princess Alexandra was born on Christmas Day 1936 at her family's London home. She was the second child and only daughter of Prince George, Duke of Kent (the younger brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII) and Princess Marina, the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece.  She has two brothers: the current Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent.  At birth she was sixth in line to the throne.  She was christened Alexandra Helen Elizabeth Olga Christabel.

Prince George was killed in a wartime flying accident in 1942 when she was just five years old.  She was a bridesmaid at the 1947 wedding of her cousin Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.

On 24 April 1963, she married the Hon Angus Ogilvy in Westminster Abbey

The couple have two children:
  • James Robert Bruce Ogilvy (born 29 February 1964)
  • Marina Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy (born 31 July 1966)

Honorary Military Appointments


United Kingdom
  • Patron Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service
  • Patron and Air Chief Commandant of Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service
  • Royal Colonel 3rd Battalion The Rifles
  • Royal Honorary Colonel of The Royal Yeomanry
  • Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Cottesmore
Canada
  • Colonel-in-Chief The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (1960–2010)/li>
  • Colonel-in-Chief The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's)
  • Deputy Colonel-in-Chief The Queen's Royal Lancers
Hong Kong
  • Commandant General, Royal Hong Kong Police Force

Orders, Decorations and Medals

Orders
 
Order of the Garter
Royal Lady (LG), 2003






Royal Victorian Order
Dame Grand Cross (DCVO) 25 December 1960





Royal Family Order of King George VI











Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II










 
Commemorative Medals

File:GeorgeVICoronationRibbon.png King George VI Coronation Medal, 1937
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953   
File:Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png  Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal 1977
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png  Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png  Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012


Long Service Awards

CD-ribbon.png  Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)

Sir Angus Ogilvy




The Hon Angus James Bruce Ogilvy was born on 14 September 1928, the second son of the 12th Earl of Airlie and Lady Alexandra Coke, a daughter of the 3rd Earl of Leicester.  He came from a family of courtiers.  His grandmother, Mabell Ogilvy, Countess of Airlie, was a close friend and Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Mary. His father was a Lord-in-Waiting to King George V and Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother).  Ogilvy declined the offer of a earldom on marrying Princess Alexandra.

He was educated at Eton, did his National Service as an officer in the Scots Guards, and went up to Trinity College, Oxford.  Ogilvy was a businessman, working for Tiny Rowland's company, Lonrho, which attracted much controversy in circumventing trade sanctions against Rhodesia.  Ogilvy was subject of some criticism in a Department of Trade report into the company in 1976, which effectively ended his business career.  Following that, he busied himself in charitable work and supporting his wife's royal duties.

Sir Angus died on 26 December 2004.  His funeral was held at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and he was interred at the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore.

Orders, Decorations and Medals

Orders


Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander (KCVO) 31 December 1988




 
Commemorative Medals


File:Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png  Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal 1977
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png  Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
 

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