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Friday, March 24, 2017

Sonia Lady Fairfax of Cameron 1927-2017

_. Sonia Lady Fairfax of Cameron, who died 22 March, 2017, was the widow of the 13th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, and was a former Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth II.

She was born in London in 1927, the second daughter of Capt Cecil Bernard Gunston, MC [1885-1934], by his wife the former Lady Doris Gwendoline Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, eldest daughter of the 2nd Marquess of Dufferin & Ava; married 17 Apr, 1951, Thomas Brian McKelvie Fairfax, 13th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1923-1964) [Peerage of Scotland, cr 1627], who died aged 40, 8 April, 1964.

Lady Fairfax  served Her Majesty the Queen as Lady of the Bedchamber [temporary] 1967-71.

She was the mother of three sons, Nicholas, Hugh and Rupert, and a daughter, Serena. The eldest son is the 14th Lord Fairfax of Cameron.

A Requiem Mass is to take place at Douai Abbey, Berkshire, Thursday 6 April, 2017.

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