Click the button for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic and how it is impacting the royals

Coronavirus

Strictly Come Dancing star Emma Weymouth becomes the first black Marchioness in British history


British fashion model, socialite, and television personality Emma Weymouth has become the new Marchioness of Bath following the death of her father-in-law on Saturday.

Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, died over the weekend after testing positive for coronavirus.

As such, his eldest son Ceawlin Thynn has succeeded him to the marquessate, with Emma becoming Marchioness.

The 34-year-old has now become the the first black marchioness in British history.

From September to November 2019, the Marquess was a contestant in the popular BBC television programme Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with professional dancer Aljaž Skorjanec.

Emma’s father-in-law Lord Bath died on Saturday, six days after he was admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath where he was confirmed to have had Covid-19.

A spokesperson for the Longleat and Thynn family said: “It is with the deepest sadness we have to announce Lord Bath has died at the age of 87.

“The family would like to express their great appreciation for the dedicated team of nurses, doctors and other staff who cared so professionally and compassionately for Alexander in these extremely difficult times for everyone.”

“They would politely request a period of privacy to deal with their loss.”