• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Ruth, Lady Fermoy

RUTH, Lady Fermoy, maternal grandmother of the Princess of Wales, has died peacefully at her London home. She was 84.

Loading article content

The Princess has decided to go ahead with a visit to Zimbabwe but will almost certainly attend the funeral in King's Lynn, Norfolk, next Thursday.

As well as being grandmother to the Princess and Earl Spencer, Lady Fermoy was a friend and close confidante of the Queen Mother. For more than 30 years, she served as a lady-in-waiting at Clarence House and was popular in royal circles.

She is widely suspected of being the matchmaker in the romance between the Prince and Princess of Wales -- a role she strongly denied.

Lady Fermoy was a leading courtier, becoming Woman of the Bedchamber to the Queen Mother in 1960 and a guiding light for the young Princess.

She was said to have seen her grand-daughter's decision to seek a formal separation from the Prince as a betrayal of the royal family she had served for so long.

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.