Bruce Shand was born on 22 January 1917. He was the son of Philip Morton Shand (1888-1960), an architectural writer and critic and whose company, Finmar, sold furniture by Alvar Aalto in the United Kingdom. His mother was Edith Marguerite Harrington (1893-1946, later Mrs. Charles Tippett). Shand's parents divorced when he was three years old.
Bruce Shand joined the 12th Lancers in 1937; served in France and North Africa; was wounded, taken prisoner, and awarded the M.C. 1940 and Bar 1942. He gained the rank of Major serving with the 12th Royal Lancers.
He held the office of Vice-Lieutenant of East Sussex from 1974 to 1992. Master of the South Down Hounds for 19 years. He was an established wine merchant (though I have been unable to find the company).
Major Bruce Middleton Hope Shand married on 2nd January 1946 the Hon Rosalind Maud Cubitt, eldest child of Roland Calvert Cubitt, 3rd Baron Ashcombe, at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge.
The Times, Thursday, Jan 03, 1946 records the MARRIAGE of Major B.
SHAND and Miss CUBITT
The Marrriage took place yesterday at St. Paul's, Knightsbridge, of Major Bruce Shand, 12th Royal Lancers, only son of Mrs. Charles Tibbet, and Miss Rosalind Cubitt, only daughter of the Hon. Roland and Mrs. Cubitt, of Hall Place, West Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire.
The Bishop of Guildford officiated, assisted by the Rev. R. W. H. Moline. The bride who was given away by her father, wore a gown and train of white satin, with a lace and tulle veil held in place by a wreath of camellias, and she carried a bouquet of the same flowers.
There were four bridesmaids - Lady Cathleen Eliot, Miss Vivien Mosley, Miss Juliet Colman, and Miss Virginia Forbes-Adam - who wore long old-gold coloured dresses with short blue tulle veils, and carried bouquets of mixed spring flowers and roses; and two pages - Michael Heathcoat-Amory and Duncan Davidson - who were in white Gainsborough suits. The best man was Major Edward Mann, 12th Royal Lancers. A reception was held at Claridge's Hotel.
Camilla was the eldest of their three children. After the birth of their children, the Shand family lived together in East Sussex from 1951 onwards. Their children were
Camilla Rosemary SHAND
Sonia Annabel SHAND was born on 2 Feb 1949 - Married Simon John Elliot
Mark Roland SHAND was born on 28 Jun 1951 - Married Clio Goldsmith
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