Duke of Northumberland’s mother dies

Elizabeth, Dowager Duchess of Northumberland.
Elizabeth, Dowager Duchess of Northumberland.

THE Duke of Northumberland and his family are in mourning after his mother died.

Duchess Elizabeth died at her Surrey home on Wednesday afternoon at the age of 90.

She lived at Friar’s Well in Hulne Park, on the outskirts of Alnwick, but spent part of her time at her Clive Lodge retreat in Albury.

Born Lady Elizabeth Montagu Douglas Scott in 1922, she was the eldest daughter of the 8th Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch.

She married Hugh, the 10th Duke of Northumberland, in 1946 and the couple had seven children, including Ralph, the 12th Duke.

Ralph said: “She passed away after a lovely walk in her garden in Surrey.

“The family are greatly saddened by the death of our mother and grandmother, whom we all loved very dearly.”

Rory Wilson, agent for Northumberland Estates, said: “We are extremely sorry to have to announce the death of Duchess Elizabeth.

“She was a much-loved member of the community who devoted a great deal of her life to a wide range of charities and other causes, many of them local.

“Everyone who ever met her will agree that she was a lovely lady who will be sadly missed, particularly here in Alnwick and on the Estate.”

Duchess Elizabeth acted as patron or president of many charities and other beneficial organisations, including the Red Cross and the Duchess’s School.