Wednesday, April 21, 2021



Given the current Royal Family controversies, this seems somewhat apt . . .

The Duchess of Devonshire had called on Queen Mary to apologise for her son’s marrying the dancer Adele Astaire: 

“Don’t worry. I have a niece called Smith.”

- Queen Mary (1867-1953)

The Times 1 June 1994
Obituary of Lady May Abel Smith

Queen Mary

Evelyn Emily Mary Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire.

The Duchess held the position of Mistress of the Robes to Queen Mary from 1910 until 1916, when she accompanied her husband upon his appointment as Governor General of Canada. Upon returning to England, the Duchess again was appointed Mistress of the Robes to Queen Mary, holding the position until the latter's death in 1953.

Lady May Abel Smith,
formerly Lady May Cambridge, née Princess May of Teck,
great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and a niece of Queen Mary.

Australian connection: From 1958 until 1966, she lived in Brisbane, while her husband, Sir Henry Abel Smith, served as the governor of Queensland.

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