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Welcome to Duchess - the podcast where the Duchess of Rutland explores the historic homes of Great Britain, and meets the inspiring women who lead them today.

Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you.

Stately homes are manors, palaces, and castles of great historic significance. They were built by the finest architects, adorned with the finest treasures and surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. They homed the most powerful families and, with their wealth and social pedigree, shaped the world we live in today.

Emma grew up far away from the aristocracy but her life changed forever when she married her husband - the 11th Duke of Rutland - and moved into Belvoir Castle. At once Emma became both a Duchess and custodian of one of Britain's most important buildings.

The Duchess wanted to learn more about this world, these homes, and the other empowering women who, just like her, work tirelessly to ensure they see tomorrow.

In this podcast the Duchess will travel to breathtaking homes, learn the epic tales of their construction, meet the historic figures that walked their halls, hear chilling ghost stories and the heartbreaking tales of romance. All of this whilst getting to know the inspiring, powerful women that work to find the delicate balance between preservation and transformation.

Join Emma on a very special journey. This is Duchess, the podcast.
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Episode Description: On today’s episode, the Duchess meets the incredible Catherine Maxwell Stuart, the first Lady Laird of Traquair. Catherine and the Duchess speak at length about the royal history of Traquair, the tale behind the famous ‘closed gates’, we hear the stories of the other extraordinary women of Traquair, and Catherine educates the Duchess on the most important feature of a Scottish home: A watchtower.  Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Top Quotes: “Running an estate has been a journey of learning but I wouldn’t have swapped any of it.” - The Duchess “I love the idea of old houses being alive. That they don’t come across like a museum. They should be vibrant. Lived in.” - Catherine Maxwell Stuart “You’re just a custodian. You’re a blip in the castle’s history.” - Catherine Maxwell Stuart “It’s a little bit of magic to appreciate our culture and heritage in living houses.” - Catherine Maxwell Stuart “People want to support the local house on the hill because there is a great sense of ownership with you.”- The Duchess About the Guest and Stately Home: Catherine Maxwell Stuart was born to Peter Maxwell Stuart, the 20th Laird of Traquair, in 1964. Catherine met her husband, Mark Muller Stuart, human rights lawyer, at the London School of Economics in the 1980s. The couple raise their three children together, Isabella, Louis and Charlotte, at Traquair House and Catherine has run the estate, and the Traquair brewery, since 1999. She is the first lady Laird of Traquair. Traquair House has remained the most enduring stately homes in the whole of the UK. It is not known when the exact foundations of the house were laid but a substantial structure must have existed by 1107 when Alexander 1 of Scotland signed a royal charter at Traquair. As a result, Traquair is the oldest continually inhabited property in Scotland. Also at Traquair a charter still exists, signed in 1175, that authorised William the Lion to open a Bishop’s Burgh and hold a market on Thursdays. This market would grow into the Glasgow Fair. Overall, 27 Kings and Queens have stayed at Traquair, and the estate continues to attract tens of thousands of visitors annually. With her husband Mark, Catherine began the ‘Beyond Borders’, an event aimed at bringing together internationally renowned experts and leaders to talk and exchange ideas. There’s a maze at the estate, a cafe, a luxury B&B and the estate is also available for weddings and corporate events.  About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://www.traquair.co.uk/about-traquair/ (https://www.traquair.co.uk/about-traquair/)...
Episode Description: Joining The Duchess on this latest episode is the wonderful Martha Lytton-Cobbold of Knebworth House. Martha and the Duchess enjoy an incredible conversation, discussing Knebworth’s historic ties to writers like Edward Buwler Lytton and Charles Dickens, we hear the incredible story of one of the nation’s greatest suffragettes, Martha elaborates on the challenges and importance of empowering women in heritage, and we hear amazing tales about the many the rock and roll luminaries that have performed on the iconic grounds.  Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Top Quotes: “Taking this on as a woman, many people will believe that what you’re doing isn’t correct. It’s important to think about your decisions, but make them, and stick to them.” - Martha Lytton-Cobbold “There are still struggles. There are still issues that need to be addressed. Women need to be treated more equitably.” - Martha Lytton-Cobbold “I found the whole journey of coming from a different world into aristocracy as incredibly daunting.” - The Duchess of Rutland “”With all heritage property, they were built for people to come together. They weren’t built for a single family. They come alive when people are there.” - Martha Lytton-Cobbold “As the wife of the owner of a stately home, people do expect you to make the wrong decision. People do expect you to fail. But you can only do one thing: succeed.” - Martha Lytton-Cobbold About the Guest: Martha Lytton-Cobbold was born in Alabama, and studied Art History and Journalism in NYU. She married her husband Henry Lytton-Cobbold and has two children. Martha is the first female president of The Historic House Association.  A manor house residing at Knebworth dates back as far as 1346. After the site was purchased by Sir Robert Lytton a grander estate was built roughly around 1500. Some of the best known residents of Knebworth include writer and politician Edward Bulwer Lytton, as well as the suffragette Constance Lytton. Although steepled in history for hundreds of years, Knebworth’s cultural significance has peaked in the modern day with its legendary concerts. Looking through a list of Knebworth performers is akin to reading members of the rock n roll hall of fame: Pink Floyd, Metallica, The Rolling Stones. But Knebworth does not just have notable performers, but notable performances: Led Zeppelin had their final concert here, Queen performed with Eddie Mercury for the final time at Knebworth, the legendary Oasis standing gigs occurred on the estate, and so on. As a result, Knebworth in the modern era continues to attract tourists with its historical pedigree, pop culture appeal, and beautiful landscape.  About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  Resources:...
Episode Description: On today’s episode, the our Duchess Emma Rutland meets another Duchess: Caroline Fife, Duchess of Fife. Together, the ladies spoke about the estate’s rebellious history, the magnificent art collection in the castle, and the many groundbreaking conservation projects developed at the estate.  Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Top Quotes: “In these houses, we are only as able as the team around. They are precious to you.” - The Duchess of Rutland “Running these homes; making people happy. It is a joy.” - The Duchess of Fife “Despite everything, these houses survive.” - The Duchess of Rutland “The environmental crisis is the biggest threat to us today. Conservation in these stately homes is crucial.” - The Duchess of Rutland “When people look at these buildings, there’s a great sense of stability. That life goes on.” - The Duchess of Rutland About the Guest and Stately Home: Carole Anne Bunting married her husband, the heir to the Dukedom of Fife, in 1987. Together, the couple raised their three sons at Kinnaird Castle, and the estate’s appeal as a tourist attraction has only continued to grow.   The Carnegie Clan have called the lands surrounding Kinnaird, Angus, since the 14th century, and records of a mansion on the estate date back to the 14th century as well. The Carnegie Clan for hundreds of years laid at the centre of Scottish political history. They supported James II, fought at the battle of Flodden, and back Mary, Queen of Scots. With the castle’s construction in the 15th Century, David Carnegie became Earl of Southesk in 1616. This would begin an illustrious line of nobility in the family, culminating in their ascension to an Earldom when the Earl of Fife married the Princess Royal, daughter of King Edward VII. Kinnaird Castle has remained in the family for 600 hundred (Bar a brief confiscation after the Carnegies had supported the Jacobite Rebellion) and the Castle’s high baronial architecture style has made it one of the most beautiful stately homes in the UK. Now open to the public, the estate boasts an astonishing art collection, the largest selection of coats of arms on any private British building, and leads the way in conservation within historic homes.  About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://kinnairdcastle.co.uk/ (https://kinnairdcastle.co.uk/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)
Episode Description: In this week's episode, Duchess meets Duchess as Her Grace, The Duchess of Argyll, brings us inside her fabulous home: the historic Inveraray Castle. We learn all about the ghostly history that lives inside the imposing 15th century walls, we hear the story of the iconic 20th century beauty Ethel Margaret Campbell, we learn more about The Duchess Eleanor Campbell herself, and her connection to Britain’s most treasured of chocolatiers, and the Duchesses discuss how such a powerful title can impact their personal identity.  Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Top Quotes: “I think being a Duchess has taught me that I have a responsibility to my local community and that I must do it better every day.” - The Duchess of Rutland “We have a hundred and twenty thousand visitors a year. Without them, these homes have nothing.” - The Duchess of Argyll “That’s the reality of heritage in the 21st century: To juggle everything to make it work, to keep the roof on.” - The Duchess of Rutland “As your keeper at Inveraray Castle said to me: There’s no bad weather; there’s just bad dressing.” - The Duchess of Rutland “You’ve got to move with the times. You have to hand the estate on in a better condition than when you got it.”  - The Duchess of Argyll About the Guest and Stately Home: The Duchess of Argyll was born Eleanor Cadbury in London, and previously the Duchess worked in PR before meeting her husband Torquill, 13th Duke of Argyll. The couple have three children together, and live on the estate permanently.  Inveraray Castle has stood on the shores of Loch Fyne for 600 years. The striking gothic style structure is the seat of the Campbell Clan who were historically one of the most powerful Scottish families in the Highlands. With its chilling reputation for the paranormal, it’s magnificent treasures, and breathtaking landscapes, Inveraray Castle attracts tens of thousands of tourists annually to its many events, exhibitions, and music festivals.  About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://www.inveraray-castle.com/ (https://www.inveraray-castle.com/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)
Episode Description: On this week’s episode of Duchess, our host meets Hollywood actress and Countess of Devon, A.J. Devon. The Countess opens up about her career in Hollywood, explains the difficulty of transitioning to a life in the peerage, the Duchess quizzes her on the amazing history of Powderham, and we hear how the Countess’ will transform the estate into a community space for wellness, health, and happiness.  Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Top Quotes: “ I did realise these houses can eat you.I did lose myself to this house” - The Countess of Devon  “I wasn’t brought up to be beautiful. I was brought up to be authentic, empowered, and to use my voice.” - The Countess of Devon “Running these homes, there’s an immense need and expectation to take care of our communities.”- The Duchess of Rutland “We can get caught up in the bricks and mortar. But it's our souls that we really put into these homes.” - The Duchess of Rutland “I will always remember the late Duchess of Devonshire’s advice: You must run it; It must not run you.” - The Duchess of Rutland About the Guest and Stately Home: Deep in the picturesque county of sunkissed Devon, is one the UK’s most unique manor homes: Powderham. With its unique combination of Georgian, Victorian and Gothic architecture, battlement towers, and crenellations, Powderham’s exterior is an extraordinary sight. Many of the lavish interiors are simply spectacular, such as the turquoise Rococo staircase, or the incredible music room, designed by venerated architect James Wyatt.  Like the richness of appearance, the estate has a rich history. Seat of the Earls of Devon, the manor of Powderham appeared in the Doomsday Book, and has remained in the Courtenay family for 600 years. One of the more well known Viscounts was the third, William Courtenay who, along with adding many of the extraordinary features of the estate, would scandalise the family and be forcefully exiled due to his sexual orientation.  Now, Lord Devon runs the estate with his wife Countess of Devon - Hollywood actress A.J. Devon of My So Called Life, Baywatch, and Private Practice. Together, the couple have two children, and have worked at transforming Powderham into a community oriented space promoting health, happiness, and freedom of expression.  About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://www.powderham.co.uk/ (https://www.powderham.co.uk/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)
Episode Description: On this week’s episode, The Duchess chats to Lady Mansfield of the historic Scone Palace. Lady Mansfield and The Duchess enjoy a wonderful conversation, where we hear the moving story of one of Britain’s first black aristocrats, listeners learn about Stone of Destiny and how central Scone was in crowing Scottish royalty, and Lady Mansfield explains the origins behind one of Scone’s great treasures: Marie Antoinette’s writing desk.   Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Top Quotes: “These houses need life. They need people. They only come alive when people are in them.” - Lady Mansfield “In a stately home you become a jack of all trades. You’re always juggling. The most important thing is attention to detail.” - Lady Mansfield  “You are walking in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce, Macbeth. The way I explain it to people is: ‘Scone is the Westminster Abbey of Scotland.” - Lady Mansfield “In heritage, you can’t afford to stand still.” - Lady Mansfield “I want people to take away a sense of history. I want them to feel the Palace is alive.” - Lady Mansfield  About the Guest: Countess Mansfield worked as a cook in London before marrying her husband, 9th Earl of Mansfield David Mungo Murray, in 1985. The couple have four children together, and their tenureship in Scone Palace has seen the estate become a major Scottish tourist attraction.  The land Scone Palace sits on is steepled in Scottish and Ancient history. Originally a gathering place for the Picts, Scone was the site of Moot Hill: where all Scottish kings, from Macbeth to Robert the Bruce, were crowned. Scotland's first parliament meeting was opened at Scone, and the estate has been the home of the Murray family since 1604. The history of the Earl’s of Mansfield is lengthy and distinguished, but one of the greatest Earl’s remains the first: William Murray. William would become one of the most venerated lawyers in history and, perhaps most significantly, his decision to raise the biracial Elizabeth Dido Bell marked a crucial moment in British racial history. Scone now is one of Scotland’s great tourist destinations - hosting events annually and housing treasures such as Marie Antoinette’s writing desk, and the Stone of Scone.  About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://scone-palace.co.uk/ (https://scone-palace.co.uk/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)
Episode Description: On the newest episode of Duchess, our hosts travels to meet the lovely Lady Derby of the beautiful Knowsley Hall. Lady Derby speaks to The Duchess about the unbelievably impressive Stanley family lineage, Lady Derby explains some of the challenges she encountered when first arriving on the steps of Knowsley Hall, the ladies discuss the estates astounding connection to Shakespeare, we are given insight into the equestrian pedigree of Lady Derby and the Stanley, and we hear first hand accounts of the what it’s like to run an estate during a pandemic.  Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Top Quotes: “That was the most difficult thing during the lockdown. Everyone had to isolate. It was actually very lonely.” - Lady Derby  “It’s hard to describe a stately home life without realising it is very co-dependent.” - Lady Derby  “Having people in the home brings life to the house.” - Lady Derby “I have been totally reliant on the community I work with to find my way.” - Lady Derby “What these homes are really about is the community.” - The Duchess of Rutland About the Guest: Lady Derby, born Caroline Emma Neville, grew up in the stately home Audley End of the historic House of Neville. She studied History and History of Art in London City University before working as Assistant Surveyor to the Queen’s Pictures. She met her husband Edward Stanley, 9th Earl of Derby, in 1994. The couple would marry and have three children.  Knowsley Hall was built in the 1500s and has housed the Stanely’s for 500 years.  The Stanley’s are one of the most illustrious families in British history, with famous knights, prime ministers, and politicians all hailing lineage. The Derby race was named after them, as is The Stanley Cup in hockey. Now visitors flock to Knowsley Hall all year round to enjoy its many works of art, events and safari park.  About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://knowsleyhallvenue.co.uk/ (https://knowsleyhallvenue.co.uk/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)
Episode Description: On the third episode of Duchess, our host sits down with Henrietta Spencer-Chuchill in the breathtaking Blenheim Palace. We hear the amazing story of how the Palace came to be, and how one particular woman was fundamental to it’s construction, the ladies chat about Henrietta’s distinguished lineage, Henrietta’s memories of Winston Churchill, we are taken on a tour of the incredible architecture and interiors of Blenheim, and we hear about sacrifices former custodians have made to keep the Palace going.   Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Top Quotes: “The heartbeat of a private heritage home is the family living in it.” Duchess “My father always said: We are still fighting the battle of Blenheim. The battle doesn’t stop. We will always be fighting for Blenheim.” Henrietta “Nothing is ever thrown away in a large house.” The Duchess “It’s my duty to look after such a wonderful and beautiful home. It’s a part of our heritage. We’re very lucky to be a part of it.” Henrietta “My motto is retain and restore, rather than rip out and replace.” Henrietta About the Guest and Stately Home: Henrietta Spencer-Churchill is an interior designer, author, and founder of Woodstock Designs. Henrietta, as the youngest child of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, grew up in Blenheim Palace.  Situated in Oxfordshire, the site Blenheim occupies has been associated with history and the aristocracy for centuries: Henry II’s mistress Rosamund Clifford lived on the site, Elizabeth I was imprisoned by Mary I for a time here as well. Blenheim, which is the only non- royal and non-episcopal Palace in Britain, was built by the first Duke and Duchess of Marlborough in the 18th century. The Palace is replete with magnificent Baroque architecture and contains a number of priceless art pieces and heirlooms - many of which are related to Winston Churchill who was born in Blenheim Palace. Now, the estate hosts events throughout the year; including cinema screenings, concerts, and exhibitions. Blenheim Palace is also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://www.blenheimpalace.com/ (https://www.blenheimpalace.com/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)
Episode Description: In this latest episode, The Duchess travels to meet Lady Ingilby of the amazing Ripley Castle. Lady Emma Ingilby takes the Duchess on a tour through Ripley’s fascinating history, Lady Ingilby explains what a priest hole is and why it was once very important in a Catholic home, we hear more chilling ghost stories, and the ladies discuss the sometimes isolating exclusivity of the ‘stately wives club.’   Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. Top Quotes: “Looking through history, you can’t underestimate the women who kept the home fire burning, kept the house going, and everything together.” - Lady Ingilby  “The secret to a great British garden is: ‘does it make you happy.” - Lady Ingilby “The first thing when you look around a privately owned stately house is that you sense it's a living, breathing home.” - Lady Ingilby “This job isn’t about money. It’s about service.” - The Duchess of Rutland About the Guest and Stately Home: Lady Emma Ingilby grew up in Yorkshire and is the daughter of Major Richard A. Thompson. Emma married her husband Sir Thomas, 6th Baronet, in 1984 and the couple have five children together.  In 2009, the family celebrated 700 years living in Ripley Castle, that extraordinary achievement spans 28 generations and began with Sir Thomas Ingleby when he acquired the estate through his marriage with Edeline Thwenge. The dowry of which aided Edward III to build Windsor Castle. The Ingleby family boasts a catholic saint, a blood connection to 9 members of the Gunpowder Plot, and the family crest has a boar on it after Edward III was saved from one by a family member on the estate. Today Ripley Castle is one of Britain's most iconic historic houses, and tourists from around the world travel to see it’s gardens, experience it’s history, and marvel at its treasures.  About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://www.ripleycastle.co.uk/ (https://www.ripleycastle.co.uk/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)
EPISODE DESCRIPTION:  On this week’s episode, The Duchess meets Demetra Lindsay - custodian of the marvellous Hedingham Castle. Demetra brings The Duchess inside the walls of Britain’s best preserved Norman keep. We learn about the history of Hedingham Castle, we hear a beautiful love story that challenged the social norms of it’s day, Demetra introduces us to some ghostly residents who continue to walk the halls, and we take a tour down the wonderful gardens of Hedingham. Enjoy. Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you. TOP QUOTES: “We bring our own passion to the homes while we are custodians of it. Which is a moment in time. When you look across to the keep that’s been here for 900 years it’s just a breath.” - The Duchess of Rutland “A sense of duty is something that’s key for running heritage.” The Duchess  “Living in heritage is a partnership with people.” - The Duchess of Rutland “A sense of responsibility is the essence of getting up in the morning.” - Demetra Lindsay “The secret to a Great British Garden is all about turning and finding a surprise.” - Demetra Lindsay ABOUT THE GUEST: Demetra Lindsay married her husband Jason in 2003. Prior to moving into the estate, Demetra was an architect. The couple appeared on Channel 4’s The Landscape Man, and continue to live permanently on the estate with their 3 children.  ABOUT THE STATELY HOME: The grounds of Hedingham Castle encompass over a 1000 years of history. Built in the 12th Century by Aubrey De Vere, one of William the Conqueror's most important knights, the castle is one of Europe’s best preserved Norman Keeps. For hundreds of years Hedingham was the seat to the Earl’s of Oxford and hosted some of the British Empire’s most important figures - King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I. Since passing from the De Vere family to the Majendies, who owned Hedingham for 250 years, the castle now finds itself with the Lindsays - who serendipitously are descendents of the De Vere’s. Hedingham Castle continues to marvel tourists and visitors, who can enjoy the grounds, keep, and armoury, at weddings and events all year round.  ABOUT THE HOST: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.  RESOURCES: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk/ (https://www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)
Welcome to Duchess

Welcome to Duchess

2021-01-2803:02

As a young girl growing up in the idyllic Welsh countryside, Emma Rutland never could have imagined she would live a real life fairytale.  Born Emma Watkins, she met the 11th Duke of Rutland and fell in love. The couple married and Emma became the Duchess of Rutland. This transformation would thrust her into the world of the aristocracy - living in one of Britain's most important homes, Belvoir Castle.  The life of a Duchess was not just romance and glamour but also hard work and responsibility. Emma learned that everyday running a stately home is a battle and that she has to work tirelessly to ensure the castle sees tomorrow.  Emma wanted to learn more about the other stately homes of Great Britain, the history behind these estates, the families who call them home, and the other inspiring women who lead them today.  When her daughter Vi suggested a podcast, she knew she had to do it.  So please join Emma as she journeys through Britain, peeking behind the veil of history and aristocracy and meeting the empowering women who guide Britain’s stately homes today. This is Duchess, the podcast. About the Host: Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations. Resources: https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/) https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/) https://www.blenheimpalace.com/ (https://www.blenheimpalace.com/) https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.duchessthepodcast.com/)
Comments (2)

Lisa Delgrosso

I'd be very interested in Cliveden & Longleat. I'm very much enjoying this podcast, and looking firward to episode7! I saw you on a TV show about Belvoir Castle once, I thought it was on Prime but I can't find it now.

Mar 8th
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Nikkie Darragh-Cassidy

can you visit Gorhamsbury in St Alnans

Mar 1st
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