Her Grace Deborah Cavendish, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire DCVO (1920 – 2014; née The Hon. Deborah Freeman-Mitford)

The last surviving Mitford sister, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire was nicknamed “the housewife duchess” and made Chatsworth one of the most successful and profitable stately homes in Britain. This remarkable lady had tea with Hitler in 1937 (and “remember[s] thinking his set-up was very regular and somewhat haphazard for a head of state”), was painted by Lucian Freud and amassed a vast collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia. Known to her family as ‘Debo’ and a mother of seven, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire was a hardworking businesswoman and “extremely fond of keeping chickens”. She loathed “sloppy and sentimental modern culture”.

 

The Roll Call - DYNASTIES AND GRANDEES

1

Douglas Durst

2

Brooke Barzun

3

Nadja Swarovski-Adams (AKA “Nadja Swarovski”)

4

Stavros Niarchos III

5

HRH Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark

6

The Marchioness of Bath

7

His Excellency Nunzio Alfredo D’Angieri and sons Stefan and Teava

8

Jules Bianchi (1989 – 2015)

9

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم, AKA “Fazza” or “فزاع)

10

Lisa du Pont Moseley (also known as Lisa Dean Chandor MacGuigan Moseley, born Lisa Dean)

11

Lord Mostyn

12

His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud

13

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

14

The Rt. Hon. The Countess Mountbatten of Burma CBE, MSC, CD, JP, DL (also known as Lady Brabourne)

15

Paul Arrouet and Dylan Lauren

16

India Rose James

17

Galen and Hilary Weston

18

Robert Durst

19

The Countess of Carnarvon (née Fiona Aitken)

20

Rafael de Medina y Abascal, 20th Duke of Feria

21

Patricia Campbell Hearst-Shaw (better known as Patty Hearst)

22

Alejandro Santo Domingo Dávila

23

Rose van Cutsem (née Rose Astor)

24

Edward Cavendish (full name “Edward William Henry Delmar Cavendish”)

25

Delphine Arnault

26

Margaretta Large Fitler Murphy Rockefeller (known as “Happy Rockefeller”, née Margaretta Large Fitler)

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Her Grace Deborah Cavendish, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire DCVO (1920 – 2014; née The Hon. Deborah Freeman-Mitford)

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Princess Yasmin Aga Khan

29

His Royal Highness The Duke of Bavaria, of Franconia and in Swabia, Count Palatine of the Rhine (born Franz Prinz von Bayern)

30

Lady Wolfson

31

His Highness Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Nahyan Al Nahyan

32

Bobby and Ivey Leidy (AKA Mr and Mrs Robert Leidy, Jr.)

33

Charles Cadogan, The Rt. Hon. the 8th Earl Cadogan, KBE, DL

34

Pear Pimpisa Chirathivat (แพร พิมพิศา จิราธิวัฒน์)

35

Arkadiy Abramovich (Аркадий Романович Абрамович)

36

Matthew Winthrop Barzun

37

Jean-Christophe, His Imperial Highness the Prince Napoléon

38

Lauren Bush Lauren (nickname: “LBL”)

39

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

40

Elizabeth II, Queen of the Commonwealth realms

41

The Hon. Imogen Lloyd Webber

42

Charles Morgan

43

Vicomte Arthur de Soultrait

44

W.L. “Lyons” Brown III

7 COMMENTS

  1. The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire saved Chatsworth. She was an example to us all. She never rested on her laurels and she was kind and courteous. I found her amusing and charming. They don’t make them like her anymore.

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