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Shane talks to Deborah Mitford - Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. - YouTube

Shane talks to Deborah Mitford - Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.

The Duchess of Devonshire (Dame Deborah Cavendish)  and 11th Duke of Devonshire (Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish)  Pictured outside Buckingham Palace, after the Duchess of Devonshire was made Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.  Universal Pictorial Press Photo, 1999

The Duchess of Devonshire (Dame Deborah Cavendish) and Duke of Devonshire (Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish) Pictured outside Buckingham Palace, after the Duchess of Devonshire was made Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Diana, Pamela and Deborah   Mitford sisters Were they sent off to school--somehow I think their dad's excenticity might have blocked that, but still..

Diana Mitford, The Hon. Pamela Mitford, and The Hon.Deborah Mitford, daughters of the eccentric Baron Redesdale.

Diana Mitford, the Hon. Lady Mosley. In 1936, she married Sir Oswald Mosley, 6th Baronet of Ancoat at the home of Germany's  Dr. Joseph Goebbels, with Führer and Chancellor Adolph Hitler a guest of honour. Speculation of a mutual sympathy between Hitler and Britain's King Edward VIII subsequently the Duke of Windsor and the Duchess, was related to their common friendship with the Mosleys.

Diana Mitford, wife of Oswald Mosley and also one of the famed Mitford sisters and grandmother of Daphne Guinness.

Nancy Mitford of the cover of The Tatler

Nancy Mitford

Photograph of Nancy Freeman-Mitford on the front cover of The Tatler at the time of the anouncement of her engagement to Peter Rennell Rodd.

Jessica Mitford, drawing, 1930s

Jessica Mitford, drawing, 1930s

Diana Mitford by Cecil Beaton.Cecil Beaton was part of the group in England called The Bright Young Things, a group of both privileged upper class aristocrats and their artistic muses. His photos document this time when the young rebelled for the first time.

The ever elegant Diana Mitford by Cecil Beaton

Raucous lunches: the Mitford sisters, Nancy and Deborah, left, in Venice

Affairs and graces: Marina Cicogna's snapshots

Raucous lunches: the Mitford sisters, Nancy and Deborah, left, in Venice in the Forties

The death of Deborah Mitford, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, signals the end of an era. From the birth of the eldest Mitford girl, 110 years ago, this famous family have transfixed us, writes Lyndsy Spence.

The six sisters who captured the maelstrom

The Mitford family Nancy Mitford Pamela Mitford Thomas Mitford Diana Mitford Unity Mitford Jessica Mitford Deborah Mitford

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