Princess Anne of Denmark

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Princess Anne
Viscountess Anson
Princess George Valdemar of Denmark
BornAnne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon
(1917-12-04)4 December 1917
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died26 September 1980(1980-09-26) (aged 62)
London, England
Thomas Anson, Viscount Anson
(m. 1938; div. 1948)

IssuePatrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield
Lady Elizabeth Shakerley
Anne Ferelith Fenella
FatherJohn Bowes-Lyon
MotherFenella Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis

Princess Anne of Denmark (formerly Anne Anson, Viscountess Anson, née Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon; 4 December 1917 – 26 September 1980) was a first cousin of Elizabeth II and the mother of royal photographer Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield and Lady Elizabeth Shakerley. She became a Princess of Denmark through her second marriage.


Anne Bowes-Lyon was born in Washington, D.C., in 1917. Her father was the Hon. John Herbert Bowes-Lyon and her mother was the Hon. Fenella Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, daughter of Charles Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, 21st Baron Clinton. Anne had three younger sisters, two of whom were Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon, who were institutionalized from 1941 for severe intellectual disability.

Anne's paternal grandfather was Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, father of her aunt Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, who was born Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.


Anne married Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas William Arnold Anson (1913–1958) on 28 April 1938.[1] As her husband held the courtesy title of Viscount Anson, Anne was styled Viscountess Anson upon their marriage. They were divorced in 1948. They had two children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren:

On 16 September 1950, at Glamis Castle she subsequently married Prince George Valdemar of Denmark, upon which she became Princess Anne of Denmark.

Anne died in 1980, aged 62, in London, of a heart attack.[2]



  1. ^ "Society Wedding 1938". British Pathe News. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
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