Angus Ogilvy, 76; Businessman, Husband of Queen’s Cousin

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Sir Angus Ogilvy, 76, a British businessman and the husband of Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, Princess Alexandra, died Sunday of cancer at a London hospital.

Ogilvy became the first person to marry into the royal family and refuse a peerage when he married Alexandra in 1963.

He earned his degree at Oxford after studying philosophy, politics and economics. He served in the army before college, and was commissioned into the Scots Guard.

Ogilvy started a career in banking after college, working for the Drayton Group. By his mid-30s, he was a director of more than two dozen British firms.


In the 1970s, he was involved in the so-called Lonrho Affair, in which the mining and finance conglomerate was accused of violating sanctions against the white-minority government of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

An official report concluded that he did not do enough to stop the firm’s leader, Roland Rowland, from violating the sanctions. The office of the director of public prosecutions later exonerated Ogilvy.