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Kate Middleton. Carole Middleton, Cressida Bonas and Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon
Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon – you can call her MG – is the mother of Cressida Bonas and the daughter of the 6th Earl Howe, politician and godson of Edward VII. Lady Mary-Gaye was born in 1947 and went to the prestigious Heathfield School for girls. The family seat is Penn House in Buckinghamshire but the current Howe earldom goes back only as far as the 19th century.
Lady Mary-Gaye has never worked except on her charities (though she did have a blue cocktail named after her at Claridge’s). But handily, she is heiress to the Curzon banking fortune.
MG has been married not once, not twice but four times, with five children (and four divorces) to show for it. The gentlemen concerned were aristocrat Esmond Cooper-Key (1971-76), property magnate John Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe (1977-86), businessman Jeffrey Bonas (1988-94) and financier Christopher Shaw (1996-2000). She now dates PR man David McDonough. Her fourth husband once announced to a room: “Mary-Gaye is a difficult wife, as many of you here will know...”
Lady Mary-Gaye in 1965 at the debutante party of Camilla Shand – now Duchess of Cornwall
Despite a racy past that includes an apparently topless photograph for a 1960s book called Birds of Britain (geddit?), MG’s style today is what you might call buttoned-up Sloane. Elegant and sophisticated with blonde, shoulder-length hair that takes years off her, she’s not afraid of a splash of colour when the occasion demands.
Lady MG definitely knows how to work a crowd. Her tent at Ascot was always the biggest, with a fully-fitted kitchen, while her parties with fourth husband Christopher Shaw were the stuff of legend. First on the dance floor at royal weddings? Don’t bet against it.
Lady Mary-Gaye recently with her partner David McDonough