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19 July, 2011

Duke of the Day:
Edward William Fitzalan-Howard,
18th Duke of Norfolk

In April 2011, after almost twenty-four years of marriage, the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk announced they were pursuing a trial separation.  Although, no intention to divorce has been published or other love interests named, this action on their part has caused much speculation that the couple intend their separation to be permanent.  As such, His Grace is, whether temporarily or permanently, a single peer and deserving of a profile here.  Subsequent events will naturally be of great interest to this blogger.  If a divorce follows, it will potentially be the first for this great line in hundreds of years.

Born in 1956 (2 December), this 54-year-old nobleman (pictured below, center) is England’s senior duke and the holder of nine other titles and property (West Sussex, London) worth as much as ₤100 million, including Arundel Castle.  The Duke of Norfolk additionally serves as Earl Marshal, Hereditary Marshal of England, and Chief Butler of England.  He is also the most senior lay member of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain.

His Grace attended Ampleforth College and Lincoln College, Oxford.  He was a Cub Scout in his youth and a race car driver, a passion shared by his eldest son and heir, “Henry Arundel.”  His Grace’s marriage to Her Grace produced five children, including The Lord Thomas Fitzalan-Howard (19; born 14 March, 1992), The Lord Philip Fitzalan-Howard (15; born 14 July, 1996), and the afore-mentioned Henry Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel (born 3 December, 1987), who was profiled by The Single Peer last year:


Arundel Castle, Arundel, Sussex BN18 9AB


Arundel Castle -


  1. I love this blog. My own blog is concerned with the historical English peerage. I'm linking to yours today!

  2. Do you have a list of divorced or widowed elderly knights or bannerets? Rich or poor?

  3. Hi, Charlotte,

    The list you are asking for is in the works. We have this information for most dukes and marquesses and are working our way down. You will want to check back on 11/11/11 at 11:11:11 GMT at our sister site: (online dating for Peers and Commoners) - Commoner registration launches at that time. Our goal is eventually to have every single/divorced/widowed/separated Peer in the peerage listed on our site with a profile and with many of them actively using the site, as well. The first 1,000 Commoner registrants will be given Free Lifetime Access.

  4. I am an American author researching the life of Mary King (1842-1931) She married, secondly, Henry Paget, the 4th Marquis of Anglesey in 1880. He left her two years later, running off with the Comtesse de Galve, a Russian born widow. Can anyone assist me with the location of the Anglesey/Paget papers? The National Trust at Plas Newydd has not been helpful. reply: Cheers.