WYA family mourns WYA Patron Lady Salisbury


The World Youth Alliance family pays special tribute to Lady Salisbury who passed away on December 12, 2016 at age 94. She served as a World Youth Alliance Advisory Board Member and Patron since 2005.

Lady Salisbury loved gardening and became a world-class gardener while restoring the gardens at Hatfield House following her marriage. She donated the garden at the WYA headquarters in New York City. “She once spoke to me about this anecdote of Prince Charles — she is his aunt — and she had a twinkle in her eye when she told him he must sing to the plants. I’ve always understood it was the price he had to pay for her gardening”, WYA Founder Anna Halpine remembered.

She was a great supporter of the World Youth Alliance and the promotion of the dignity of the human person. “It was my joy to know and love her and she will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace,” Anna shares.

In addition to her support for the World Youth Alliance, Lady Salisbury maintained a trust she established for the children and young people of Poland, as a way to honor the great sacrifice of Poland during WWII. Lady Salisbury was a great admirer of Pope John Paul II, and had the chance to meet him while married. She also worked closely with the Archbishop of Canterbury to promote and fund initiatives in the UK to end abortion.

Lady Salisbury was born Marjorie Wyndham-Quin and was married in 1945 to Robert Edward Peter Gascoyne-Cecil, 6th Marquess of Salisbury.