Philippine de Ganay in Venice, 2006.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Bertrand Rindoff Petroff.

Earlier this month, Philippine, Marquise de Ganay, died at the age of ninety-seven.

Born on 4 September 1925 at Paris, Philippine Louise Charlotte Marie de Noailles was the second child and first daughter of Henry de Noailles, Duc de Mouchy, Prince-Duc de Poix (1890-1947) and Marie de La Rochefoucauld (1901-1983), who wed in 1920. Philippine had an older brother and a younger sister: Philippe, Duc de Mouchy (1922-2011; married 1st Diane de Castellane; married 2nd Joan Dillon Douglas, widow of Prince Charles of Luxembourg) and Sabine de Noailles (1931-2010; married Nicolas Wyrubov)
Jean-Louis and Philippine in front of the Château de Courances.

Photo (c) Courances.
On 17 July 1946 at Paris, Philippine married Jean-Louis, Marquis de Ganay (1922-2013). The couple had four daughters: Anne-Marie de Ganay (b.1947; married Jean Claude Meyer), Martine de Ganay (1948-1984; married James Filmer-Wilson), Lauraine de Ganay (b.1951; married Serge de Ganay), and Valentine de Ganay (b.1962; married Markus Hansen). Along with her husband, Philippine was heavily involved in the restoration of the Château de Courances; her particular focus was on the castle’s Japanese garden. Jean-Louis and Philippine de Ganay, along with their family, were one of the subjects of Robert Lacy’s book Aristocrats.
The Marquise de Ganay and Duke Philipp of Württemberg, 2010.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Bertrand Rindoff Petroff.
May the Marquise Rest in Peace.

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