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Old 01-01-2015, 03:11 PM
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I was just thinking the same thing – and we have also lost Queen Fabiola over in Belgium and the Duchess of Alba over in Spain. It seems that 2014 has unfortunately been the year of deaths (aside from royalty we have also lost some famous faces, and personally I have lost two family members), so I hope 2015 will be the year of happy events – weddings, births, engagements etc.

The saddest thing about the Duke of Wellington's death for me is that he was one year of one hundred, which is a huge milestone, and also one day off 2015 (in England it's still New Year's Eve, right now we have three hours until January 1).

I find it interesting that the new Duchess of Marlborough still has "Princess" in her title, though I read that titles from defunct monarchies are still recognised in countries that still have their monarchy.

I didn't realise that Prince Philip is the oldest Duke in the UK now. Do we know who is the oldest Duke in UK is after Prince Philip?

Yes, when one factors in the duchess of Alba and Queen Fabiola in the aristo-royal world with the celebrity losses of Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, and Lauren Bacall...and ending with the horrible aviation disasters I can't say I am sorry to be seeing the end of 2014.

And I am very sorry to read that you also lost not one but two family members this year, Hereditary Princess.
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Old 01-01-2015, 06:23 PM
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Yes, when one factors in the duchess of Alba and Queen Fabiola in the aristo-royal world with the celebrity losses of Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, and Lauren Bacall...and ending with the horrible aviation disasters I can't say I am sorry to be seeing the end of 2014.
I too am glad to have left 2014. It was a pretty awful year, and I hope 2015 will be better.

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And I am very sorry to read that you also lost not one but two family members this year, Hereditary Princess
Thank you for your kind words. Christmas was strange this year because we had empty seats. Both their deaths came as a surprise to me. My great-uncle, who died in February, was always quite healthy but a week before his death he was admitted to hospital. My great-aunt (they were not married but he was her brother-in-law) had lung cancer and she was struggling by the end.

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The new Duchess of Marlborough is Edla Griffiths, a Welsh born ceramicist. She is the current wife of the current Duke.
Yes, I know - I had made a mistake. I was talking about the Duchess of Wellington, but was thinking about the Duchess of Marlborough as he had been mentioned in a previous post. I will amend my post to avoid confusion.

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The Duke of Beaufort is 86 and the Duke of Richmond is 85 so they are near the top after Philip.


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Old 01-01-2015, 06:26 PM
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No - there are actually 3 vacancies now and it is up to The Queen to fill them when she comes up with suitable candidates remembering that royals don't count in the 24. Maybe Blair will get one of those vacancies (Gordon Brown, I suspect, would prefer the Thistle being a Scotsman). It is normal for most part PM's to get one or other of these orders so, unless they have been offered and refused it, I would expect one or both of these past PM's to be honoured in that way at some time.


The new Duke is also a candidate, as most, if not all the previous dukes have had the Garter so it is possible that The Queen will pass it on to the new Duke - maybe this year, maybe next (would be nice this year so he had it for the 200th anniversary of Waterloo but maybe that would be too soon for him).
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Old 01-01-2015, 07:08 PM
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The current Duchess of Wellington,is HRH Princess Antonia of Prussia a great grand daughter of Wilhelm II.

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Old 01-02-2015, 06:46 PM
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The late Duke did a lot for Waterloo we will miss him.
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Old 01-02-2015, 07:25 PM
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It would be nice if the Garter was given to Charles, the 9th Duke for it would add historic significance to the 200th anniversary of Waterloo.

I'm not familiar with the new Dukes work. What would be the basis for awarding him the garter?


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Old 01-02-2015, 08:11 PM
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The Queen wants to give it to him - that is the only criteria necessary. The Garter is the personal gift of the monarch and there is no need for a person to have done anything at all.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:26 AM
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funeral for 8th Duke of Wellington

Arthur Valerian Wellesley, Eighth Duke of Wellington laid to rest in sombre family funeral | Daily Mail Online
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Old 01-08-2015, 05:17 PM
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Andrew Parker Bowles & Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan attended the funeral at Stratfield Saye church today.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:37 PM
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Old 01-13-2015, 10:48 AM
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The Earl of Lindsey and Abingdon is a title of the Bertie family.
How did Abingdon become part of the title?
Through a not direct way. The title "Earl of Abingdon" was first created for the 2nd Earl of Lindsey's youngest son (from his second marriage). The Earl of Lindsey title passed on to the eldest son from the first marriage, with the 4th Earl also becoming the 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kevesteven. The Dukedom became extinct with the death of the 5th Duke and the Earldom passed on to a line of one of the second Earls' sons (passing on to the 9th Earl). When that line died out (with the death of the 9th Earl's grandson, the 12th Earl), it passed on to the line of the 2nd Earl's youngest son, the Earl of Abingdon (making the 8th Earl of Abingdon the 13th Earl of Lindsey). The 9th to 12th Earls were also Viscount Cullens through special remainder (although they never claimed the title), and it went extinct on the 12th Earl's death.

As the Earl of Abingdon descends through the 2nd Earl of Lindsey's youngest son and the 1st Earl of Lindsey only had one son if this line dies out then both titles will become extinct.
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:43 PM
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February 4, 2015:

GBR: Service Of Thanksgiving For The Life Of The 11th Duke Of Marlborough, John Spencer-Churchil
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The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Viscount Linley and Tom Parker-Bowles were all present. The service took place at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks.
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:47 AM
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Nice to see so many members of the family attend the service. The new Duke, Jamie, always looks so unkempt but I know he has had quite a colourful history. His two youngest children are very cute.
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Old 02-05-2015, 02:34 PM
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https://ru-royalty.livejournal.com/2764083.html

The above link contains photos from the commemoration service of The 11th Duke Of Marlborough.
The 12th Duke of Marlborough looks alcohol-worn. Tom Parker Bowels does not look much better than the new Duke.
It is nice to see Duke of Kent and Prince Michael attending the service.
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:26 PM
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I see nothing wrong with Tom nor the Duke.

Could you explain what you find objectionable?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti....html#comments
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Old 02-06-2015, 05:48 AM
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An article from January 7th. Apparenttly the Hon. Diana Guinness is angry at the biographer of her grandmother Diana Mosley nee Mitford.

Daphne Guinness brands author of Diana Mitford biography a 'charlatan' on Twitter | Daily Mail Online

She tweeted:

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My grandmother committed no crime, she fell in LOVE. And she was in prison for 4 years... aged 23... revising history is easy for CHARLATANS.
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'I am a Mitford and I detest you
the article doesn't mention WHY Ms. Guinness is angry though. It can't be that people are writing books about the Mitfords, as her aunt-by-marriage, Charlotte Mosley, is doing that.

As she is talking about revising history, it is indeed easy for charlatans. But revising history is even easier for family members. Although Diana Mosley was intelligent, charming, witty and elegant, fact remains that she her political views were awful and she continued to share these even after the war.
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To be fair though, I guess a lot of people were Nazi supporters back then. But you are right that it is never explained why Ms Guiness is angry.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:55 AM
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They were, esp. among the aristocracy. Diana Mosley was married to the fascist leader of the time and cultivated a personal friendship with Hitler and henchmen. She stands out in that respect. And also because even after the war she didn't change her tune much. In a way you can admire her honesty and strong will perhaps.
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Death of the Anglo-Irish 8th Marquess of Waterford at Curraghmore House, Portlaw, Waterford aged 81.

Death Notice Of John Hubert (8th Marquis of Waterford) de la Poer, Portlaw, Waterford, Ireland
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