Did you know there are only 25 Duchesses in the world today?
I learned that recently by attending a lecture from a real Duchess herself!She was an absolute delight and has a new book out on her families home!BELVOIR CASTLE.Pronounced beaver for your info!
This castle has been in her husbands family for 1000 years!Given to one of their ancestors by WILLIAM THE CONQUER.
The above photo is her daughter who accompanied her to San Francisco to visit a Business school college.Both ladies were an absolute delight!I found out that one can stay at the castle. I will put that bee in my bonnet and try to make that happen.
The family has to come up with ideas to pay all the taxes and costs of running a home like this.They had to sell a few paintings from the castle to pay the death tax on her Father In Law.The paintings now reside in TEXAS!My heart goes out to them can you imagine having that kind of responsibility to maintain a family home!!!
Please visit BELVOIR CASTLE on your next trip to ENGLAND and please do make a purchase from the gift shop!There is a room called the ELIZABETH SALON which is high on my list to see!
Do you think the ITALIAN HUSBAND will let me prance off to England soon?I doubt it.I am definitely homebound for awhile, but one must keep dreaming.
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