Viola Westminster
Widow of 5th Duke of Westminster
Viola Westminster
Viola, Duchess of Westminster, was the wife of Robert Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster. Born Viola Maud Lyttelton, she was the daughter of Sir John Cavendish Lyttelton, 9th Viscount Cobham and Violet Yolande Leonard and a direct descendant of William I. She married Robert Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster, son of Captain Hugh William Grosvenor and Lady Mabel Florence Mary Crichton, on 3 December 1946.
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    TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Died in 1987.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    From 1979 until her death in 1987 she was Lord Lieutenant of Fermanagh.
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  • OTHER
  • 1955
    She famously ordered workmen to drill holes in the ceiling of Florence Court, the stately home in County Fermanagh, to drain water away during a serious fire which almost destroyed it in 1955. The Duchess died in a car accident near Dungannon, County Tyrone on the 3rd of May 1987, aged 74.
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  • 1946
    She married Robert Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster, son of Captain Hugh William Grosvenor and Lady Mabel Florence Mary Crichton, on 3 December 1946.
    More Details Hide Details The family had a home at Ely Lodge, just west of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. As the Hon. Viola Maud Lyttelton she gained the rank of Flying Officer in the service of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, during the Second World War, where she was mentioned in despatches. Her marriage to the Duke of Westminster produced three children:
  • 1912
    Born in 1912.
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