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Monday, March 20, 2017

Baroness Charteris of Amisfield 1919-2017

_. The Baroness Charteris of Amisfield, who died 14 March, 2017, was the widow of the Baron Charteris of Amisfield, GCB, GCVO, QSO, OBE, PC, who, as the Hon Sir Martin Charteris, was the private secretary to Queen Elizabeth II, 1972-77.

She was born 3 May, 1919 as Mary Gay Hobart Margesson, daughter of Henry Margesson, MP [later 1st Viscount Margesson] 1890-1965, by his wife the former Frances Leggett; married 16 Dec, 1944, the Hon Martin Charteris, a younger brother of the 12th Earl of Wemyss & March.

Her husband was Private Secretary to the Queen (when Princess Elizabeth) 1950-52, Assistant private secretary 1952-72, private secretary and keeper of the Queen's archives 1972-77, an extra equerry to the Queen 1956, a permanent Llord in Waiting to Her Majesty 1978-99, &c.

She was widowed 23 Dec, 1999. Lady Charteris leaves issue, a daughter (Francesca) Mary, and two sons, Andrew and Harold.

The funeral takes place at St Peter's Church, Stanway, 3 April, 2017.

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