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Margaret Sheila Mackellar

"Sheila was more than simply a celebrity,” he argues. “She was a great role model in terms of charity work and contributions to nursing during wartime.”

Her main legacy, he says, was in organising the Derby Ball, raising money for the Great Northern Hospital at a time when there was no National Health Service. “This was the grandest, biggest event in London’s history and was held mainly at the Albert Hall. Thousands would come. She did it every year for 13 years and raised millions of pounds for the hospital.

Princess Dimitri died on 13 October 1969 at Westminster, London; she was buried with Episcopal rites in Roslin chapel, near Edinburgh, where there is a memorial window to her younger son who had been killed on active service with the Royal Air Force in 1939. Her elder son, who succeeded as 6th Earl of Rosslyn, survived her. A woman of style and fashion, Sheila was an outstanding figure of the London social scene for half a century. A portrait by Simon Elwes and a sketch by (Sir) Cecil Beaton are held by the 7th Earl of Rosslyn.

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