Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Speaking of British Aristocracy....

Andrew and Deborah Cavendish on their wedding day, before they were the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

I know we all have the Royal Wedding on our minds these days - only one more day until the festivities begin. And speaking of British aristocracy, one of my favorite books in the last year is written by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire. It's called Wait For Me and I can't recommend it more highly. The Duchess has had an amazing life and has lived in some of Englands' finest houses - and helped to restore them too. Chatsworth has been the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire since 1549. Take a look:

The main hallway

The private quarters


  1. What breathtaking pictures! a big reader I appreciate the recommendation and will happily take you up on your highly recomended read and get the book..sounds wonderful!

  2. Fun post, Helen! Happy Royal Wedding Day!

  3. Imagine living amonst all of this every day. Come see my Royal Wedding outfit & have a giggle.
    Beautiful post. xx's

  4. so, we know from her book that Debo was at Prince Charles' wedding to Diana Spencer - is she also numbered among the 1900 or so who will watch Kate & Wills tie the knot?

  5. Surely she was invited - but at her age I wonder if she will attend...

  6. I loved visiting Chatsworth! I purchased every book available, even day planners, all signed by thd Dowager Duchess. This is such a "livable" house....
    The week before, prince William had been up at the hunting tower.