Henriette, Lady Abel Smith

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Dame Henriette, Lady Abel Smith DCVO JP (6 June 1914 – 3 May 2005), was a Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth II from 1949 to 1987.


Henriette Alice Cadogan was the daughter of Commander Francis Charles Cadogan, RN, of Quenington Old Rectory, Cirencester, Gloucestershire,[1] (a grandson of Henry Charles Cadogan, 4th Earl Cadogan[2]) by his wife Ruth Evelyn Howard, a daughter of Sir Edward Stafford Howard, KCB, a great-nephew of Bernard Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk.[3]


She held the office of a Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth II from 1949 to 1987. In 1987 she became an Extra Lady-in-Waiting.[4] She served as a Justice of the Peace (JP) for Tunbridge Wells in 1955, and for Gloucestershire in 1971. She was invested as a Commander, Royal Victorian Order (CVO), in the 1964 New Year Honours, and was elevated to Dame Commander, Royal Victorian Order (DCVO), in 1977.[5]

Marriages & progeny[edit]

She married twice:


She died on 3 May 2005 at The Garden House, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, aged 90.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Kelly's Directory, 1969, p.114
  2. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.204
  3. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.204, "Colls Duke of Norfolk"; http://thepeerage.com/p2293.htm
  4. ^ "Abel Smith, Henriette Alice (Lady Abel Smith)". Who's who 1998 : an annual biographical dictionary. New York: St. Martin's Press. 1998. p. 2. ISBN 0312175914. 
  5. ^ Profile, ThePeerage.com; accessed 27 March 2016.
  6. ^ "No. 40936". The London Gazette. 27 November 1956. p. 6727. 
  7. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 2015, p.B616, Palmer; P90, Bath
  8. ^ https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/44542/supplement/2835
  9. ^ "'Nappy and glorious'". Daily Mail. 1 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "No. 44362". The London Gazette. 11 July 1967. p. 7641. 


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  • [S300] Michael Rhodes, "re: Ernest Fawbert Collection" e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 8 February. Hereinafter cited as "re: Ernest Fawbert Collection."
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  • [S466] Notices, The Daily Telegraph, London, UK, 6 June 2005. Hereinafter cited as The Daily Telegraph.