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Rosemary's Story: Rosemary : The Society Girl Who Nearly Became Queen of Britain

Society Biographer William Cross tells the story of Lady Rosemary Leveson Gower, one of the sweethearts of Edward, Prince of Wales

The heartbreaking tale of Lady Rosemary Leveson-Gower, ( 1893-1930), a Society beauty, the daughter of a Scottish Duke, who dazzled Edward, Prince of Wales before Freda Dudley Ward and Wallis Simpson, his better known mistresses. The Prince’s family scoffed at Rosemary’s chequered family pedigree and dismissed the love-weary Prince’s designs, leaving Rosemary, a heroic Red Cross nurse during the Great War, to be swept into marriage by Eric, Viscount Ednam, a soldier and Later and MP and close friend of Edward, and heir to an ancient English Earldom. The Ednams became a dynamic couple of the Bright Young Things era of the 1920s, but in July, 1930 at the peak of their chaotic life together, Rosemary met her sudden death in a horrific aeroplane crash, which also killed three of her fellow aristocrats. The cause of the crash still remains a mystery. The Prince of Wales was supposed to have been on the same flight, but changed his plans at the last minute. A largely untold Society tale that raises disturbing issues, even now, over eighty years later.


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Date and Time:

1 September 2015 at 2:00 pm


2 hours



Newbridge U3A
Wesley Hall
Bridge Street
Newbridge, South Wales
NP11 5PE

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Organised by:

William Cross, FSA Scot
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Additional Information:

William Cross is the author or several books on the Carnarvons of Highclere Castle ( read Downton Abbey ) and the Morgans of Newport, South Wales

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