Granville Leveson-Gower, 3rd Earl Granville
The eldest son of the 2nd Earl Granville, Leveson-Gower was educated at Eton College and joined the Diplomatic Service in 1893 as an attaché in Berlin. He served in Cairo, Vienna, The Hague and Brussels, then was appointed back to Berlin with the rank of Counsellor in 1911. In 1913 he was appointed to Paris, again as counsellor, and moved to Bordeaux when the French government relocated there in September 1914 as the German army approached the capital before the First Battle of the Marne.
In June 1917, King Constantine abdicated, the previous British Minister to the Greek Government, Sir Francis Elliot, departed and Granville became official Minister to Greece in Athens. He was Minister to Denmark 1921–26, Minister to the Netherlands 1926–28 and Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg 1928–33.
As a Privy Counsellor, Earl Granville took part in the official procedures legalising the accession of King Edward VIII in 1936 and, later that year, his abdication and the accession of King George VI.
Earl Granville was appointed MVO in 1904, raised to CVO in 1913 on the occasion of King George V's visit to Berlin, and knighted GCVO in the King's Birthday Honours of 1914. He was given the additional, senior knighthood of KCMG in the New Year Honours of 1924 and raised to GCMG in 1932.
On 27 September 1900, he had married Nina Ayesha Baring (whose father, Walter Baring, was also a diplomat) but died without issue and his titles passed to his brother William.
- GRANVILLE, 3rd Earl, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007
- Lord Granville (obituary), The Times, London, 22 July 1939, page 14
- "British Diplomatic Agent At Salonika – Lord Granville Appointed", The Times (London), 2 January 1917, p. 8
- London Gazette, 9 January 1917; accessed 5 April 2014.
- New Minister to Greece: Earl Granville Appointed, The Times, London, 23 August 1917, page 5
- London Gazette, 6 December 1921; accessed 5 April 2014.
- London Gazette, 17 December 1926; accessed 5 April 2014.
- London Gazette, 31 August 1928; accessed 5 April 2014.
- Supplement to the London Gazette, 21 January 1936
- The London Gazette, 15 December 1936
- The London Gazette, 12 August 1904
- The London Gazette, 30 May 1913
- Supplement to the London Gazette, 22 June 1914
- Supplement to the London Gazette, 1 January 1924
- The London Gazette, 13 June 1928
- Mosley, Charles (ed.) Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 2003, vol.2, page 1639
- The London Gazette, 5 February 1895
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl Granville
- Portraits of Granville George Leveson-Gower, 3rd Earl of Granville (1872-1939), Diplomat at the National Portrait Gallery, London