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Patrick Plunket, 7th Baron Plunket

Patrick Terence William Span Plunket, 7th Baron Plunket MVO (8 September 1923-1975) was Equerry to Queen Elizabeth II and Deputy Master of the Household of the Royal Household (1954-1975). [1]

Plunket's mother, Dorothé Mabel Lewis, was the illegitimate daughter of the actress Fannie Ward and 7th Marquess of Londonderry.[2] Briefly married to Capt. Jack Barnato, who died during World War I, she married as her second husband Terence Plunket, 6th Baron Plunket.

When his parents were killed in an air accident in 1938, Plunket succeeded to the family peerage (created in 1827). He and his brothers were then raised by an aunt, the Hon. Helen Rhodes, and her husband. He was educated at Eton College and joined the Irish Guards.

Plunket was temporary Queen Elizabeth II (1948-1954) as a captain. On 8 September 1957 he was promoted to major and to lieutenant-colonel 8 April 1969.

Lord Plunket was Trustee of the Wallace Collection and of the National Art Collection Fund.

Unmarried, Lord Plunket died in 1975. He is buried in the Royal Family's private burial ground at Frogmore in Windsor Park. There is a memorial to him in Valley Gardens, Windsor Great Park (a little pavilion with four columns) at the top of the valley.

References

  1. ^ Daily Telegraph "Her Majesty's A-team" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/the_queens_diamond_jubilee/9074791/Her-Majestys-A-Team.html
  2. ^ Dorothé Lewis's paternity has been revealed by the 7th Marquess's granddaughter Lady Annabel Goldsmith in her memoirs. She specifically discusses the Marquess's reaction to the death of his illegitimate daughter's first husband, and the effective treatment of her boys by Plunket as first cousins. Exact page reference not yet available.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Terence Conyngham Plunket
Baron Plunket Succeeded by
Robin Rathmore Plunket
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