- Angus Ogilvy
Infobox British Royalty|none
name =Angus Ogilvy
title =The Right Hon. Sir Angus Ogilvy
spouse =Princess Alexandra of Kent
full name =Angus James Bruce Ogilvy
David Ogilvy, 12th Earl of Airlie
mother =Lady Alexandra Coke
date of birth =Birth date|1928|9|14|
place of birth =
date of death =death date and age|2004|12|26|1928|9|14|df=y|
Sir Angus James Bruce Ogilvy, KCVO (
14 September 1928– 26 December 2004) was a British businessman best known as the husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Angus Ogilvy, 76, Banker With Ties to British Royalty, Dies |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/28/international/europe/28ogilvy.html |quote=He and Princess Alexandra had a son, James Robert Bruce Ogilvy, and a daughter, Marina Victoria Alexandra. Once estranged from their parents, they had reconciled and, according to The Times of London, were with them at the time of Sir Angus's death. |publisher= New York Times|date= December 28, 2004|accessdate=2008-03-11 ]
Sir Angus also is remembered for his role in a scandal involving the breaking of sanctions against the illegal regime in
Rhodesiain the 1970s in the Lonrho affair. In later years he was heavily involved in charity work.
Ogilvy was born in
London, the son of the 12th Earl of Airlie and Lady Alexandra Coke, the daughter of the 3rd Earl of Leicester. Many of his relatives had close links with the British Royal Family. His grandmother, Mabell Ogilvy, Countess of Airlie, was a close friend and Lady-in-Waitingto Queen Mary. His father was a Lord-in-Waitingto King George V and Lord Chamberlainto Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Education and career
Ogilvy was educated at
Heatherdown Preparatory School, Ascot; and later at Eton College. Between 1946 and 1948, while on National service, he was commissioned as an officer in the Scots Guards. In 1947 he attended Trinity College, Oxford, graduating in 1950 with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.
After university, Ogilvy worked at the Drayton company, later working with the tycoon
Tiny Rowlandin Drayton's subsidiary, London and Rhodesia Mining and Land Company ( Lonrho). The Prime Minister, Edward Heath, criticised the company and described it in the House of Commons as "an unpleasant and unacceptable face of capitalism" on a 1973 court case over the company's management style. His career ended in 1976 after he was criticized in a Department of Trade report into the company's activities. [cite news
title=Mr Ogilvy to resign directorships after Lonrho report criticizes him
date=July 7th, 1976
24 April 1963, Ogilvy married Princess Alexandra of Kent at Westminster Abbeyin London. Princess Alexandra is a granddaughter of King George V and a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Her parents were The Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.
The wedding ceremony was attended by all the members of the Royal Family and was broadcast worldwide on television, watched by an estimated 200 million people.
The Queen had offered Ogilvy an
earldom on his wedding, which he declined. He also rejected a grace-and-favour apartment at one of the Royal Palaces. Instead he leased Thatched House Lodgein Richmond, Londonfrom the Crown Estate for him and Princess Alexandra to live in, and where the Princess still lives today. However Princess Alexandra retained an apartment at St James's Palacewhich is customary for the royal family.
Together the couple had two children:
James Ogilvy(born 29 February 1964) cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Royal baby for leap year day |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/29/newsid_2758000/2758983.stm |quote=The Ogilvy baby was one of several royal babies due within months of each other. The 9lb 6oz boy will be unique among them in having no title. Master Ogilvy is currently 13th in line to the throne but will soon be displaced to 16th. |publisher= BBC|date=1964 |accessdate=2008-03-08 ]
* Marina Ogilvy (born
31 July 1966)
Charity and royal duties
After his business career was blighted, Ogilvy worked with charity and supported his wife in her Royal duties. He sometimes accompanied Princess Alexandra on her Royal tours abroad. He also attended major Royal occasions with his wife.
Ogilvy was created a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order on
31 December 1988[http://www.stgeorges-windsor.org/history/hist_chivalry.asp St George's Chapel - Orders of Chivalry] ] by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1997 he was made a Privy Counsellor.
Sir Angus served as president of the
Imperial Cancer Research Fund, and as chairman of Youth Clubs UK, the biggest non-uniformed youth organisation in Britain. He was patron of Arthritis Care; vice-patron of the National Children's Homes; chairman of the advisory council of The Prince's Trust; a trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation, as well as being a member of the governing council of Business in the Community, and of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. He was also a member of the Royal Company of Archers, the Sovereign's Bodyguard in Scotland, in which his father served as one of its four lieutenants.
Suffering from throat cancer in later years, he was too ill to attend many major Royal events. His last public appearance with his wife was when he accompanied the Princess to
Thailandfor an official tour.
Sir Angus died on
26 December 2004the day after his wife's 68th birthday. His funeral took place at St. George's Chapel, Windsorin Windsor Castleon 5 January 2005. He was buried at the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore, Windsor.
tyles and honours
* The Honourable Angus Ogilvy (1928-1989)
* The Honourable Sir Angus Ogilvy, KCVO (1989-1997)
* The Right Honourable Sir Angus Ogilvy, KCVO (1997-2004)
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1= 1. Angus Ogilvy
David Ogilvy, 12th Earl of Airlie
3= 3. Lady Alexandra Coke
4= 4. David Ogilvy, 11th Earl of Airlie
5= 5. Lady Mabell Gore
Thomas Coke, 3rd Earl of Leicester
7= 7. The Hon. Alice Emily White
8= 8. David Ogilvy, 10th Earl of Airlie
9= 9. The Hon. Henrietta Blanche Stanley
Arthur Gore, 5th Earl of Arran
11= 11. Lady Edith Jocelyn
Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester
13= 13. Juliana Whitbread
Luke White, 2nd Baron Annaly
15= 15. Emily Stuart
16= 16. David Ogilvy, 9th Earl of Airlie
17= 17. Clementina Drummond
Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley
19= 19. The Hon. Henrietta Maria Dillon
Philip Gore, 4th Earl of Arran
21= 21. Elizabeth Marianne Napier
22= 22. Robert Jocelyn, Viscount Jocelyn
23= 23. Lady Frances Elizabeth Clavering-Cowper
24= 24. Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester
25= 25. Lady Anne Amelia Keppel
26= 26. Samuel Charles Whitbread
27= 27. Hon. Juliana Brand-Trevor
Henry White, 1st Baron Annaly
29= 29. Ellen Dempster
30= 30. James Stuart
31= 31. Unknown
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/monarchy/story/0,2763,1380048,00.html "Guardian" obituary]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4147903.stm BBC News- Royals attend Sir Angus's funeral]
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