Constance Sibell, Countess of Shaftesbury

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Constance Sibell Ashley-Cooper (Grosvenor)

Birthdate: (81)
Death: July 8, 1957 (81)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Victor Alexander Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor and Sibell Mary Wyndham
Wife of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 9th Earl of Shaftesbury
Mother of Major Anthony Ashley-Cooper; Mary Sibell Sturt; Major Hon. Anthony John Percy Hugh Michael Ashley-Cooper; Dorothea, Viscountess Head and Lady Lettice Mildred Mary Ashley-Cooper
Sister of Lettice Mary Elizabeth Lygon, Countess Beauchamp and Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster

Occupation: Extra Lady of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Mary, Dame of Justice, Order of St. John of Jerusalem (D.J.St.J.)
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About Constance Sibell, Countess of Shaftesbury,_Countess_of_Shaftesbury

Constance Ashley-Cooper, Countess of Shaftesbury (22 August 1875 – 8 July 1957), formerly Lady Constance Sibell Grosvenor, was the wife of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 9th Earl of Shaftesbury. She was the daughter of Victor Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, and his wife, the former Lady Sibell Mary Lumley, daughter of Richard Lumley, 9th Earl of Scarbrough.

She married the earl 15 July 1899. She was invested as a Dame of Justice of Order of St. John of Jerusalem (DJStJ) and served as a Lady and Extra Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Mary, wife of King George V of the United Kingdom, between 1906 and 1953.

The earl and countess had five children:

Major Anthony Ashley-Cooper, Lord Ashley (4 October 1900 – 8 March 1947).

Lady Mary Sibell Ashley-Cooper (3 October 1902 – 2 August 1936), who married Napier Sturt, 3rd Baron Alington of Crichel.

Lady Dorothea Louise Ashley-Cooper (29 April 1907 – 1987), who married to Anthony Head, 1st Viscount Head.

Lady Lettice Mildred Ashley-Cooper (12 February 1911 – 1990) Flight Officer W.A.A.F ; European War 1939–45 (despatches)

Major Hon. Anthony John Percy Hugh Michael Ashley-Cooper (5 October 1915 – 1986), who married Julian Petherick and had four daughters.

One of the official homes of the earl and countess was Belfast Castle, which had been reconstructed by the earl's father. However, the couple lived on English estate and spent no time in Belfast after the Partition of Ireland. In 1934, they presented the castle to the city of Belfast. The Chapel of the Resurrection, originally intended as a family mausoleum, was presented to the Church of Ireland, and the remainder of the grounds were sold for housing.

Photographs of the countess by Bassano Ltd are held by the National Portrait Gallery.

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Constance Sibell, Countess of Shaftesbury's Timeline

August 22, 1875
October 4, 1900
Age 25
Wimborne St Giles, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
October 3, 1902
Age 27
October 5, 1915
Age 40
July 8, 1957
Age 81