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Old 05-24-2020, 03:23 PM
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I read that the problem was that originally young girls were presented by a lady of rank who was a family member, or at least a close connection.

But then, these presenters began accepting money to present girls with whom they had absolutely no connection; it became crass and commercialized so the Queen did away with it in favor of garden parties.
It is bad that is got corrupted. I love the idea of it just as a tradition. But at least something else nice replaced it.
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It is bad that is got corrupted. I love the idea of it just as a tradition. But at least something else nice replaced it.

Yes; remember that scene in Downton Abbey where the Countess of Grantham presents Lady Rose MacClare? It was lovely.
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Old 05-29-2020, 07:56 PM
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Yes; remember that scene in Downton Abbey where the Countess of Grantham presents Lady Rose MacClare? It was lovely.
Yes, it was.
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Some hereditary peers news - there will be 3 by-elections in the hereditary peers branch of House of Lords to be conducted by 8 September:

The Earl of Selbourne (John Palmer, 4th Earl of Selbourne) - elected as a Conservative peer but recently sat as non-affiliated as of 2019 (could it be because of the opposing views on Brexit? A lot of MPs and peers were so-called "sacked" during the prorogation issue months ago). He retired last March 26.

The Countess of Mar (Margaret of Mar, 31st Countess of Mar) - elected as a Crossbencher and one of the 15 elected by the whole House (and one of the few peeresses holding the peerage in her own right) - retired on May 1.

The Lord Rea (Nicolas Rea, 3rd Baron Rea) - one of the 2 Labour hereditary peers in the House, died on June 1. His son Matthew succeeded to the title.


Who do you think would be the prospective peers who will run? (List of peers eligible, as per the Register of Hereditary Peers)

Interestingly, the Earl of Snowdon (David Armstrong-Jones aka the Queen's nephew) is still in the list despite his controversial run in the by-election in 2018 (I don't know which is more in question - his degree of relationship with the Queen or that he did not submit any statement or CV for candidacy). Do you think that with his pending divorce, the more he'd need the cash? *ehem*

I can also sense the Viscount Stansgate (Stephen Benn, 3rd Viscount) may get elected - either by the whole House replacing the Countess of Mar or by the Labour peer replacing Lord Rea, though interestingly, the other peer present is Lord Granchester. (Viscounts Simon & Hanworth were elected by the whole House) The Viscount Stansgate is the eldest son of former Labour minister Tony Benn, who disclaimed his peerage to stay in the Lords, and the proponent of the Peerage Act 1963. And only that by his death in 2014 that his son reclaimed it for the purpose of getting elected in the Lords.

Or could the House elect The Lord Glenconner (Cody Tennant, 4th Baron), who'll possibly be the youngest peer (he's 25 years old)? He's the grandson of Colin Tennant, 3rd Baron and Lady Anne. His grandma was Princess Margaret's best friend and her lady-in-waiting. (And with a best-selling memoir) Cody ran several times in the Lords for the past years.

HOL By-elections Wiki article
Elected hereditary peers Wiki article
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Viscount and Viscountess Weymouth appeared at the This Morning TV show today, June 12, to promote the reopening of the Longleat Safari:



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Alexander and his wife are the current Marquess & Marchioness of Bath since April when his father passed away
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