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Former Duchess Of Norfolk, Mother To Earl Marshal Of England, Dies Aged 85

The mother of the present Duke of Norfolk and the wife of the former Duke, has died at the age of 85 this week.

Anne, Duchess of Norfolk was the wife of the 17th Duke of Norfolk. The Dukes of Norfolk hold the hereditary office of Earl Marshal, where they are responsible for organising State Funerals and the coronation of the new Monarch at Westminster Abbey.

Born Anne Mary Teresa Constable-Maxwell in 1927, the Duchess was the eldest daughter of Wing-Commander Gerald Constable-Maxwell, a Knight of Malta and a Papal Chamberlain, who descended from the Barons Herries. Her mother was American from Dallas, Texas.

In 1949, she married The Honourable Miles Fitzalan-Howard, who was heir to his father, Lord Howard of Glossop, to his mother, Baroness Beaumont, and also to the 16th Duke of Norfolk. He succeeded his mother in 1971, his father in 1972, and his cousin as Duke in 1975. Miles Fitzalan-Howard died in 2002.

The Duchess is survived by her two sons and three daughters including Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk and his family, who live at the family seat of Arundel Castle.

A requiem mass will be held at Arundel Cathedral at noon on Friday, April 19, to which all are welcome. This will be followed by a private family service at the Fitzalan Chapel within the castle.

As a mark of respect, Arundel Castle will be closed to the public on Friday and will reopen on Saturday, April 20.

Information sourced from The Bognor Regis Observer
Photo Credit: Worthing Herald

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