Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy

Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy

Lady-in-waiting and Baroness
Born Oct 2, 1908

Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy, DCVO, OBE, was a friend and confidante of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and the maternal grandmother of Lady Diana Spencer, later Princess of Wales. Lady Fermoy was born Ruth Sylvia Gill at her father's house, Dalhebity, Bieldside, Aberdeenshire, the daughter of Colonel William Smith Gill and his wife Ruth (the daughter of David Littlejohn).… Read More

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1908 Birth Born on October 2, 1908.


1931 22 Years Old Her musical career was cut short when she met, and later married in 1931, the wealthy and much older Edmund Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy. … Read More


1950 41 Years Old Lady Fermoy did play the piano in public occasionally after her marriage, most notably with Josef Krips at the Royal Albert Hall in 1950, and with Sir John Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra at King's Lynn in 1966.
1951 42 Years Old She founded the King's Lynn Festival in 1951 and remained closely involved with the Festival for 25 years, persuading Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to become its patron.
1956 47 Years Old In 1956, the Queen Mother appointed Lady Fermoy an Extra Woman of the Bedchamber. … Read More


1969 60 Years Old In 1969, her daughter Frances and John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, were divorced. … Read More
1993 85 Years Old Died on July 6, 1993.
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