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Susan Armstrong-Jones wearing a Charles James ball dress, 1947. ©Birr Castle Archives.  

Susan, Viscountess de Vesci 1927-1986 

Susan Vesey (neé Armstrong-Jones) married John Eustace Vesey, 6th Viscount de Vesci of Abbey Leix, County Laois, Ireland in 1950. The couple had four children, Emma Frances (born 1951), Catherine Anne (born 1953), Thomas Eustace (born 1955) and Georgina Mary (born 1963). Sadly, Georgina died two years after birth.

Surviving photographs reveal that Susan wore her mother's Charles James ribbon dress in 1947. Two of Susan's special-occasion dresses, made by her mother Anne, survive.  Her wedding dress (1950) and a yellow dress adorned with a pink-red camellia, a family flower, which she wore to the Queen's first party at Buckingham Palace in 1953. Anne wrote a luggage label which she enclosed when she packed the dress away which reads 'Susan Dress. I sat up and made in Bridget's flat in Mount Street for a sudden invitation to Buck Pal...'


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