The Children of Nicolette Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry
|Nicolette Vane-Tempest-Stewart, later Powell|
As I'm sure you all know now I'm a huge history nerd along with my name and Royalty obsession, and I found the story of Nicolette Vane-Tempest-Stewart to be as interesting as her name and her children's names. I'm going to do a little brief run-over for you all.
Nicolette Vane-Tempest-Stewart, called "Nico" for short, was born Nicolette Elaine Katherine Harrison to Michael Harrison and his wife Maria Madeleine Benita von Kuskell, a Latvian baroness. She was one of the last debutantes to be shown to Queen Elizabeth II before the practice fell out of style. Nicolette married Alistair Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 9th Marquess of Londonderry at age seventeen.
Their children were:
Sophia Frances Anne, "Lady Sophia Anne Frances Vane-Tempest-Stewart"
Cosima Maria-Gabriella, "Lady Cosima Maria-Gabriella Vane-Tempest-Stewart"
She also had a son, originally thought to be the Marquess' and who, for a brief moment, held the title of Viscount Castlereagh. It was later proven that his real father was Jazz and Blues musician Georgie Fame. His name is:
In 1971 she divorced Alistair, which was a huge source of gossip for the tabloids. She later married Georgie Fame and had another child with him:
Sadly, in 1993 Nicolette fell to her death from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. It was deemed a suicide, with her leaving a note that claimed she saw "no purpose to life" now that her children were grown and gone.
Several portraits of her still hang in the National Portrait Gallery of London, leaving behind a glimpse into the enigmatic Nicolette.