Sylvana Windsor, Countess of St Andrews

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Countess of St Andrews
Born Sylvana Palma Tomaselli
(1957-05-28) 28 May 1957 (age 57)
Placentia, Newfoundland
Other names Lady St Andrews (formal);
Miss Sylvana Tomaselli (professional)
Occupation Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge
Spouse(s) John Paul Jones (m. 1977
div. 1981);
George, Earl of St Andrews (m. 1988)
Children Edward, Lord Downpatrick;
Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor;
Lady Amelia Windsor
Parent(s) Maximilian Karl Tomaselli
Josiane Preschez

Sylvana Palma Windsor, Countess of St Andrews [1] (born Sylvana Palma Tomaselli on 28 May 1957), is the wife of George, Earl of St Andrews, elder son and heir of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. A historian at the University of Cambridge, she is usually known in academic circles as Sylvana Tomaselli.[2]

Duke of Kent family arms

Early life[edit]

Tomaselli was born in 1957 at Placentia, Newfoundland, daughter of Maximilian Karl Tomaselli (formerly of Salzburg) by his wife Josiane née Preschez. She was educated in Canada and England.

Marriages and family[edit]

Lady St Andrews married first, on 25 December 1977 at Vancouver, John Paul Jones, son of Captain Geoffrey Jones of Barbados, but they divorced in 1981 without children. She married second, on 9 January 1988 at Leith in Scotland, George, Earl of St Andrews[3] and they have three children:

Brought up in the Roman Catholic faith, Lady St Andrews' reluctance to renounce her adherence to that denomination precludes her husband's right to ascend the throne by the Act of Settlement (1701). Two of her children, Edward (2003) and Marina (2008), were received into the Catholic Church thereby surrendering their places in the line of succession to the thrones of the Commonwealth realms, although Lord and Lady St Andrews' younger daughter, Amelia, is still in remainder to the British Crown.[4]

Academic career[edit]

St John's College coat of arms

Tomaselli, who has received BA (UBC), MA (York, Ontario) and MA (Cantab) degrees, became a Fellow of St John's College Cambridge in 2004.[5] She specialises in French and British political theory in the 18th century, especially the history of womanhood, and has written about John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, Mary Wollstonecraft and John Stuart Mill. She is the translator of Book II of the Seminar of Jacques Lacan, The Ego in Freud's Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis. She teaches the three History of Political Theory Papers and is an affiliated Lecturer of the Faculties of History as well as of Social and Political Sciences.[6]

She is a founding member of the European Centre for the Philosophy of Gender, Siegen, Germany[7] and is currently Director of Studies in History Part I and Social & Political Sciences at St John's College in the University of Cambridge.[8] She also acts as a pastoral tutor for students of Natural Sciences at St John's College.

Lady St Andrews has been elected a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Historical Society.[9]

Formal styles from birth[edit]

  • Miss Sylvana Palma Tomaselli (1957–1977)
  • Mrs John Paul Jones (1977-1981)
  • Mrs Sylvana Jones (1981–1988)
  • The Countess of St Andrews (1988–present)

Lady St Andrews prefers to be styled professionally as Miss Sylvana Tomaselli.

Preceded by
Countess of Ulster
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United Kingdom Order of Precedence
Succeeded by
Lady Davina Lewis