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Duchess of Abercorn passes away following illness

The Duchess of Abercorn welcoming guests at the Pushkin Trust 25th Anniversary Dinner
The Duchess of Abercorn welcoming guests at the Pushkin Trust 25th Anniversary Dinner

The Duchess of Abercorn has passed away at the age of 72 following an illness.

Following her 1966 marriage to the 5th Duke of Abercorn (then James Hamilton, Marquess of Hamilton) the pair took up residence at Baronscourt, near Drumquin, Co Tyrone.

The Duchess was well known for her work in establishing an all-Ireland arts programme for children.

She also served as the Honorary Secretary of the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma & Transformation in Omagh, and was a patron of the Omagh Community Youth Choir.

The Duchess founded the Pushkin Prizes in honour of her ancestor the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

She was also related to Prince Phillip, with whom she was close and Diana Princess of Wales, through marriage. Her sister, the Duchess of Westminster is a godmother of Prince William.

The Duchess was appointed an OBE in 2008 for her work with the Pushkin Trust.

Her husband, the Duke of Abercorn served as MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, as Lord Lieutenant of Tyrone and in the House of Lords.

The Duchess of Abercorn was born Alexandra Anastasia Phillips in Tuscon, Arizona in 1946.

Her parents were Lt.-Col Harold Pedro Joseph Phillips and her mother was British aristocrat Georgina Wernher.

She is survived by her husband the Duke of Abercorn and their three children.

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