The Hon. Margaret Rhodes, LVO

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Margaret Elizabeth Rhodes (Elphinstone)

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Birthplace: Scotland
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Daughter of Sidney Herbert Buller Fullerton Elphinstone, 16th Lord Elphinstone and Mary Elphinstone, Lady Elphinstone
Wife of Denys Gravenor Rhodes, Capt
Mother of Private User; Private User; Private User and <private> Rhodes
Sister of Mary Elizabeth Elphinstone; John Alexander Elphinstone, 17th Baron Elphinstone; Hon. Jean Constance Wills, MVO and Rev the Hon Andrew Charles Victor Elphinstone

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About The Hon. Margaret Rhodes, LVO

Born Margaret Elphinstone in London, she was the youngest daughter of the 16th Lord Elphinstone and his wife Mary, formerly Bowes-Lyon, a sister of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.[1] Less than a year older than the future queen, she was a frequent playmate of the young Princess Elizabeth. During the Second World War she lived at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, took a secretarial course, and subsequently worked for MI6.[2] On 20 November 1947 she was a bridesmaid to Princess Elizabeth.

On 31 July 1950, she married the writer Denys Gravenor Rhodes (1919–1981), with Princess Margaret as one of the bridesmaids.[3] The couple had four children together:

Annabel Margaret Rhodes (born 21 February 1952); married firstly Christopher Strickland-Skailes in 1978 and had a son, Andrew James Downing Strickland-Skailes in 1980; married secondly Charles Cope in 1986

Victoria Ann Rhodes (born 27 September 1953), a god-daughter of Queen Elizabeth II.;[4] married Nicholas Deans in 1974

Simon John Gravenor Rhodes (born 22 February 1957), a god-son of Princess Margaret.;[5] married Susan Simon in 1983

Michael Andrew Gravenor Rhodes (born 8 June 1960)

She was a Woman of the Bedchamber[6] – a mix of lady-in-waiting and companion - to her aunt, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, from 1991 until the latter's death in 2002.[7] That year Rhodes was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) and currently lives in the Garden House, a residence in Windsor Great Park. In the run-up to the Queen's 80th birthday in April 2006, Rhodes gave an interview to the BBC in which she confirmed that, in her own opinion and despite several rumours, the Queen would not abdicate.[8][9]

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The Hon. Margaret Rhodes, LVO's Timeline

1925
June 9, 1925
Scotland
1931
April 5, 1931
Age 5
London, Great Britain
1950
July 31, 1950
Age 25
1974
1974
Age 48
1989
April 20, 1989
Age 63
New York, NY, USA
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