Sybil Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley

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Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the death of Sybil Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, was passed away on this day in 1989, at the age of 95. The only daughter of Sir Edward Albert Sassoon, 2nd Bt. and Baroness Aline Caroline de Rothschild, she was the sister of Sir Philip Sassoon, 3rd Bt, and was born and raised in London. In 1913, she married the Earl of Rocksavage, later the 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley, and the couple had three children, including the 6th Marquess, making her the grandmother of the current Marquess. The Marchioness of Cholmondeley was a prominent society hostess, at the family seats of Houghton Hall in Norfolk and Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire, and also often acted as hostess for her brother at his three magnificent estates, being a patron of the arts and culture. During the Second World War, Lady Cholmondeley was the Superintendent and the Chief Staff Officer in Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) before being made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Afterwards, she continued to be a society figure, and was close to the British Royal Family, as the Marquesses of Cholmondeley are the Hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain. The Dowager Marchioness passed away at Cholmondeley Castle on this day in 1989.

Learn about her pearl necklace HERE, and her Savoy Emerald Necklace HERE!


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