Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield

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Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield (25 April 1939 – 11 November 2005) was an English photographer. He inherited the Earldom of Lichfield in 1960 from his paternal grandfather. In his professional practice he was known as Patrick Lichfield.

Family[edit]

Arms of the Anson family, Earls of Lichfield

Thomas Patrick John Anson was born 25 April 1939. He was the only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas William Arnold Anson, Viscount Anson (1913–1958), the eldest son and heir apparent of Thomas Edward Anson, 4th Earl of Lichfield (1883–1960). His mother was born Anne Bowes-Lyon (1917–1980, who subsequently became Princess Anne of Denmark after divorce and remarriage), a niece of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. He had one sister, Elizabeth Georgiana (born 1941), who married Sir Geoffrey Adam Shakerley, 6th Baronet Shakerly.

In 1958, his father died, so when his grandfather died in 1960, he succeeded as 5th Earl of Lichfield. In 1975 he married Lady Leonora Grosvenor, elder daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster, but they divorced in 1986. After divorcing, the Countess of Lichfield retained her title and has not remarried.

They had one son, Thomas, now 6th Earl of Lichfield. He married Lady Henrietta Conyngham, daughter of Henry Conyngham, 8th Marquess Conyngham and they have a son, Thomas Ossian Patrick Wolfe Anson, Viscount Anson (b. 2011).[1] The 5th Earl also had two daughters, Lady Rose Anson, a god-daughter of Princess Margaret and Lady Eloise Anson, a god-daughter of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.[2] Lady Eloise is married to Louis Waymouth, grandson of the 9th Earl of Hardwicke, who is a writer on the Armstrong and Miller (TV series).[3]

His most recent partner was the biographer Lady Annunziata Asquith,[4] daughter of Julian Asquith, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith.

Education[edit]

Lord Lichfield was educated at two boarding independent schools: at Wellesley House School,[5] in the coastal town of Broadstairs in Kent, and at Harrow School, in Harrow-on-the-Hill in North West London, followed by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in the small town of Sandhurst in Berkshire.

Life and career[edit]

Lord Lichfield joined the Grenadier Guards in 1959. On leaving the Army in 1962, he began to work as a photographer's assistant, and built up his own reputation, partly as a result of having access to the Royal Family. He was selected to take the official photographs of the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981, and subsequently became one of the UK's best-known photographers. From 1999 onwards he was a pioneer of digital photography at a professional standard. He was chosen by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to take official pictures of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. He resided at the former family seat at Shugborough Hall, near Cannock Chase in Staffordshire although in 1960 he had given the estate to the National Trust in lieu of death duties arising on his grandfather's death.

Death[edit]

On 10 November 2005, Lichfield suffered a major stroke, and died the following day (Remembrance Day) at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, aged 66.

Lichfield's funeral was held on 21 November at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Colwich, Staffordshire, where he was also buried.[6]

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Anson
Earl of Lichfield
1960–2005
Succeeded by
Thomas Anson