Rose Leveson-Gower, Countess Granville

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The Countess Granville

Personal details
Rose Constance Bowes-Lyon

6 May 1890
Died17 November 1967(1967-11-17) (aged 77)
Spouse(s)William Leveson-Gower, 4th Earl Granville
(m. 1916–53; his death)
ParentsClaude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck

Rose Leveson-Gower, Countess Granville, GCVO (née Lady Rose Constance Bowes-Lyon, 6 May 1890 – 17 November 1967)[1] was the third daughter of 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne by his wife, Nina Cecilia, and an elder sister of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

On 24 May 1916, Rose married The Hon. William Leveson-Gower, who succeeded to his childless brother's earldom in 1939.[1] As a result of her marriage, Lady Rose Constance Bowes-Lyon was styled as Countess Granville on 21 July 1939.[1] She was invested as a Companion, Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (C.St.J.).[1] She was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Law (LL.D.) by Queen's University Belfast.[1] She was invested as a Dame Grand Cross, Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 1953.[1] They had two children, Lady Mary Cecilia (12 December 1917 – 13 February 2014) and Granville James Leveson-Gower, 5th Earl Granville (6 December 1918 – 31 October 1996).

Rose, Countess Granville stood godmother to her niece, Princess Margaret of York, at the latter's christening on 3 October 1930.

The Earl Granville died in 1953. She outlived him by fourteen years where she died on 17 November 1967, aged 77. At the time of her death, she was the last sibling of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to die.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 6 May 1890 – 16 February 1904: The Honourable Rose Bowes-Lyon
  • 16 February 1904 – 24 May 1916: Lady Rose Bowes-Lyon
  • 24 May 1916 – 21 July 1939: Lady Rose Leveson-Gower
  • 21 July 1939 – 25 June 1953: The Right Honourable The Countess Granville
  • 25 June 1953 – 17 November 1967: The Right Honourable The Dowager Countess Granville



  1. ^ a b c d e f Charles Mosley, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 1639.