Chatsworth Funeral for The Duchess of Devonshire.

It was a sad day in England…………Deborah Mitford Cavendish…..the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire was buried.

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She wrote many books ………….. this one “ALL IN ONE BASKET”.

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Being a Mitford…………she and her sisters were anything but conventional.

 

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The main hall at Chatsworth House………with its 297 rooms and another 100 bathrooms and 32 kitchens.  600,000 tourists now visit the mansion every year.

 

 

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She inherited the estate…..35,000 acres….when her husband, the duke died.  What she inherited was a tremendous debt in owed taxes……[ 285 millions in todays money].  But she turned it into a money maker………tourists……. tours…….restaurants and she sold jars of her famous “Dutchess’s Marmalade”.

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And yes, one of her passions was chickens…….since age six.

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The hearse bearing her coffin………

 

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Buried in a simple wicker basket………..among the Cavendish graves in the village churchyard.

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600 members of her staff…………and hundreds of other mourners lined the way to her place of burial………..dead at age 94.

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Many members of the Royal Family were there…….Prince Charles and Camilla of course.

 

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One of Deborah’s six sisters was DIANA……..1910-2003.

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Diana married Britain’s fascists leader Oswald Mosley……and they spent the years of the war in prison.

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Max Mosley………..son of Oswald………..whom I met here in New York…………and  treated me to a gustatory dinner at La Boîte en Bois.…….just steps away from my apartment.  He was totally charming.

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