Princess Diana Letter Signed by Grandmother Ruth Fermoy

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  • Sold Date: Sep 05,2007
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Lady Ruth Fermoy

Grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales

Typed Letter Signed ( Ruth Fermoy ) as Lady-in-Waiting of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

Clarence House letterhead.

The content of letter is a "Thank You" for this seller's note of congratulations on the birth of the Princess Beatrice of York in August of 1988. Condition is mint, without tears, stains, or damage. Still folded in half as it was received.

Measures 8 ¼" x 5 ¾ "

Also included, is a photocopy of the Lady Fermoy with Princess Diana and the Queen Mother.

Wikipedia offers the following information:

Ruth Burke Roche, Baroness Fermoy , October 2, 1908 - July 6, 1993, was:

· A friend, confidante, Lady-In-Waiting of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

· The maternal grandmother of Her Royal Highness Diana, Princess of Wales .

Ruth, Lady Fermoy was born Ruth Sylvia Gill at her father's house, Dalhebity, Bieldside, Aberdeenshire, the daughter of Col. William Smith Gill and his wife, Ruth

She showed early promise as a pianist and studied under Alfred Cortot at the Paris Conservatoire at the in the 1920s.

Her musical career was cut short when she met, and later married in 1931, the wealthy and much older Edmund Burke Roche, 4 th Baron Fermoy. Before he died in 1955, they had three children which included her middle child, Frances Ruth ( the mother of Lady Diana Spencer ). 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 Halle Orchestra at King's Lynn Festival in 1951 and remained closely involved with the Festival for 25 years, persuading Queen Elizabeth to become its patron.

In 1956, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, appointed the Dowager Lady Fermoy an Extra Woman of the Bedchamber. The Queen Mother, being a widow herself, showed a preference for appointing widows to her household, and four years later Ruth, Lady Fermoy was promoted to Woman of the Bedchamber, a post she held for the next 33 years.

The Queen Mother and Lady Fermoy became confidantes and it was largely supposed that they engineered the match between Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Fermoy's granddaughter, Lady Diana Spencer. However, when asked about it, Lady Fermoy remarked, "You can say that if you like - but it simply wouldn't be true". It was also said that she counseled her granddaughter against the marriage.

Lady Fermoy was a firm believer in the sanctity of marriage. In 1969 she testified against her own daughter's fitness as a mother, thus allowing Edward Spencer, Viscount Althorp to retain custody of their children after the couple's divorce.

Lady Fermoy died at her home, 36 Eaton Square , London , aged 84.

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