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Deborah was the youngest of the notorious Mitford sisters and she grew up in the shadow of their exploits and scandals. She was known in her family as ‘Debo’ and was born at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire. In 1941 she married Lord Andrew Cavendish, younger son of the Duke of Devonshire of Chatsworth. However, Andrew’s older brother William was killed in the war and he became heir to the dukedom, becoming 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1950. Debo therefore became a Duchess and in her role, she transformed Chatsworth, one of the great stately homes of England, making it a profitable business concern. She had seven children, although only three lived to be adults.
In her role as Duchess, Debo had access to the Devonshire jewels. Jewellery historian Adrian Dickens discusses some of the family pieces she wore and tells of how her unfaithful husband regularly gave her a brooch when he’d had an affair.
Enter the marvellous world of the Mitfords with this intriguing talk full of hilarious anecdotes. Susannah Fullerton tells the story of Debo’s remarkable life, resilient personality and her charm, and Adrian Dickens reveals details about the fabulous jewels worn by Debo, Duchess of Devonshire, last of the glorious Mitford Girls!
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