Shane Alexander, 2nd Earl Alexander of Tunis

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The Right Honourable
The Earl Alexander of Tunis
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Arms of the Earl Alexander of Tunis
Born Shane William Desmond Alexander
(1935-06-30) 30 June 1935 (age 83)
Title Earl Alexander of Tunis
Tenure since 16 June 1969
Other titles 2nd Viscount Alexander of Tunis
2nd Baron Rideau
Heir Hon. Brian James Alexander
Spouse(s) Hilary Van Geest
Davina Mary Woodhouse
Issue Rose Margaret Alexander
Lucy Caroline Alexander
Parents Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis
Margaret Diana Bingham

Shane William Desmond Alexander, 2nd Earl Alexander of Tunis (born 30 June 1935), known as Lord Rideau from 1952 to 1969, is a British peer.

Alexander is the eldest son of Field Marshal Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis and Lady Margaret Bingham (1905–1977), the daughter of the 5th Earl of Lucan. He was educated at Harrow and Ashbury College. He joined the Irish Guards in 1954.[1] He succeeded his father in the earldom following his death on 16 June 1969.

Alexander served as Lord in Waiting from 8 January 1974 until 4 March 1974 at the end of Edward Heath's premiership. He has also been a director of the Pathfinder Financial Corporation in Toronto in 1980.

As a descendant of the Earls of Caledon he is also in the remainder to that title and was the heir presumptive from 1980 to 1990. The heir presumptive to the Earl Alexander of Tunis title is his brother the Hon. Brian James Alexander, CMG (born 1939) who has no children, and so is the only person in remainder to the Earldom.

Marriages and children

He was married twice: firstly to Hilary van Geest on 14 July 1971 until the marriage was dissolved in 1976.

He married secondly The Hon. Davinia Mary Woodhouse, daughter of James Woodhouse, 4th Baron Terrington, on 22 July 1981. She is a former Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret.

They have two daughters together:

  • Lady Rose Margaret Alexander (born 1982), a god-daughter of Princess Margaret.[2] married James Houssemayne du Boulay.
  • Lady Lucy Caroline Alexander (born 1984), married James Agar, Viscount Somerton, now the 7th Earl of Normanton, in June 2012[3]

Earl Alexander of Tunis lives in London.



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  3. ^ Kay, Richard (22 June 2012). "Lady Lucy's 21-year engagement". Daily Mail. London.

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl Alexander of Tunis
  • The Peerage
  • A photograph of Lord Alexander of Tunis en route to school in 1948 in La Patrie (a French-language Montreal daily, now defunct).
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander
Earl Alexander of Tunis
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