Adele Capell, Countess of Essex
Adele Capell, Countess of Essex (née Adele Grant) was a US-born socialite who married into British nobility.
Marriage and family
She married George Devereux de Vere Capell, 7th Earl of Essex, at St Margaret's, Westminster on 14 December 1893. The service was carried out by Archdeacon Farrar, and Sir Arthur Sullivan played the organ.
The couple had two daughters:
- Lady Iris Mary Athenais de Vere Capell (1895-1977)
- Lady Joan Rachel de Vere Capell (1899-1979), who married Osbert Peake, 1st Viscount Ingleby.
After the Earl's death, in 1916, Adele was rumoured to be engaged to the Duke of Connaught. However, she never remarried.
In World War I, the Countess supported the war effort, working with Queen Mary's Needlework Guild, the Urban Council for War Relief and as President of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association.
In 1920, Adele and her stepson, the 8th Earl of Essex sold off Cassiobury Park and its contents.
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