Diana (de Vere) Beauclerk
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Diana (de Vere) Beauclerk (1679 - 1742)

Lady Diana Beauclerk formerly de Vere
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Wife of — married 17 Apr 1694 (to 1726) in London, Englandmap
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Died at age 62 in Windsor Castle, Berkshire, Englandmap
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Biography

Lady Diana de Vere was the daughter and sole heiress of Aubrey (Vere) de Vere KG PC (1627-1703), the 20th (and last) Earl of Oxford and Diana (Kirke) de Vere (abt.1655-abt.1719). Her grandmother was Nell Gwynne. She was born 16 January 1679.

Marriage

In 1694, she married Charles Beauclerk KG (abt.1670-abt.1726), 1st Duke of St Albans. She was then styled as Diana, Duchess of St Albans. [1]

Children

  1. Charles Beauclerk (1696-1751) 2nd Duke of St Albans
  2. Diana Beauclerk (abt.1697-aft.1743)
  3. William Beauclerk (1698-1732) Lord William Beauclerk
  4. Vere Beauclerk (1699-1781) Baron Beauclerk of Hanworth
  5. Henry Beauclerk (1701-1761), Colonel.
  6. Sidney Beauclerk (1703-1744) MP and Vice Chamberlain
  7. George Beauclerk (1704-1768) Lieutenant General
  8. Seymour Beauclerk (1708-abt.1708)
  9. James Beauclerk (abt.1709-1787) Lord Bishop of Hereford
  10. Aubrey Beauclerk (abt.1710-1741)Cmdr.
  11. Mary Beauclerk (abt.1713-)
  12. Anne Beauclerk (abt.1716-)

Life Story

She was First Lady of the Bedchamber and Groom of the Stole to Caroline of Ansbach when Princess of Wales. [2]

Diana was one of the Hampton Court Beauties painted in the 1690s by Sir Godfrey Kneller for Queen Mary. There were eight portraits, Isabella Bennet, Duchess of Grafton, Margaret Cecil, Countess of Ranelagh, Carey Fraser, Countess of Peterborough, Frances Whitmore, Lady Middleton, Mary Scrope, later Mrs Pitt, Diana De Vere, Duchess of St Albans, Lady Mary Bentinck, Countess of Essex, and Mary Compton, Countess of Dorset. All eight portraits hang in Hampton Court Palace. [3] Her picture is also in the National Portrait Gallery and in the Fitzwilliam Musuem, University of Cambridge. [4]

Death

She died 15 January 1742 and is buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. [5]

Sources

  1. Encyclopedia.com. Diana, Duchess of St Albans. [1]
  2. Wikipedia. Diane De Vere Beauclerk [2]
  3. Wikipedia: Hampton Court Beauties
  4. UK National Portrait Gallery Diane Beauclerk, Duchess of St Albans. [3]
  5. Find a Grave.com Diana Beauclerk, Duchess of St Albans [4]




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