Sir Angus Ogilvy

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Sir Angus Ogilvy died on this day in 2004. The second son of the 12th Earl of Airlie and Lady Alexandra Coke, he grew up at the family estates of Airlie Castle and Cortachy Castle, was educated at Eton and Oxford, and worked as a businessman. In 1963, he married Princess Alexandra of Kent, the cousin of the Queen, at Westminster Abbey. The couple had two children, James and Marina, and resided at Thatched House Lodge in Richmond Park. After some controversy, Ogilvy gave up his career and pursued charitable interests and continued to support the Queen, along with Princess Alexandra, in her duties. Refusing an Earldom upon marriage, he was created a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1988 and was made a Privy Councillor in 1997. After suffering from throat cancer, Sir Angus passed away on this day in 2004.


3 thoughts on “Sir Angus Ogilvy

  1. I really liked Sir Angus, regardless of the supposed scandal in which he got unwittingly involved. I thought he was a good person and that he and Princess Alexandra made a very handsome couple. May he rest in peace.

  2. It is my understanding that he regretted not accepting the Earldom later in life and/or not allowing the children to be styled as prince/princes. Could you please comment? Thank you and for all of your posts.

    1. He regretted not taking the Earldom, because that decision was also repeated when Mark Phillips married Princess Anne, and he felt the grandchildren of a monarch should have titles!

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