Friday, 14 January 2011

Miranda, Countess of Iveagh

The funeral service was held in London on Tuesday of Miranda, Countess of Iveagh.

The service in St George’s Church in Hanover Square, which she had had organised in her final months, was conducted by the Venerable David Pierpoint, Archdeacon of Dublin, assisted by the Rev Roderick Leece.

She died, aged 70, shortly after Christmas at her Wiltshire home surrounded by four children, Edward, Rory, Emma and Louisa, and close friends, the Archdeacon told the crowded congregation.

The service was attended by the present Earl and Countess of Iveagh; the Hon Rory and Mrs Guinness; Lady Emma and James Barnard; and Lady Louisa Uloth and Rupert Uloth. Also there were her grandchildren, including Arthur Benjamin Geoffrey Guinness, Viscount Elveden (b 2003).

HRH The Duke of Kent; Princess Salimah Aga Khan; the Duchess of Grafton GCVO; the Duchess of Abercorn OBE; the Marquess of Londonderry; the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava; the Viscount and Viscountess Cowdray; and Teresa Stopford Sackville also attended.

Her coffin was draped in a bouquet of cream roses and lilies, while a choir sang a number of hymns, including O Christ The Same, Through All Our Story’s Pages to the tune of the Londonderry Air.

Miranda Lady Iveagh celebrated her 70th birthday in August 2010 at a large party attended by many members of the family. The Guinness Storehouse at St James’s Gate, Dublin, was the venue for the party as Iveagh House, which was the old family town-house in Dublin, has been occupied by the Irish Government and was unavailable for the occasion.

Among those who joined in the celebrations were the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn; the Marquess and Marchioness Conyngham; the Earl and Countess of Rosse; Anna Harvey, editorial director of Vogue in London; Jonathan Irwin of the Jack and Jill Foundation; James Mellon of the famous New York banking dynasty; Jennifer Guinness and Robert Guinness; and Mr Sean Rafferty of BBC Radio 3.

1st Earl of Iveagh's arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

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