Henry Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort

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Henry John FitzRoy Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort (born 22 May 1952), styled Marquess of Worcester between 1984 and 2017, also known as Harry Beaufort or Bunter Beaufort, is an English peer and landowner with estates in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

He is based at Badminton House.

Biography

Beaufort is the son of the 11th Duke of Beaufort and his wife, Lady Caroline Jane Thynne (1928-1995), a daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bath Longleat House. He and his family are descended in the male line from the House of Plantagenet, through an illegitimate line, although this descent has been questioned after the University of Leicester analysis of the Y chromosomal DNA of Richard III found most living male heirs of the 5th Duke of Beaufort carried a relatively common Y chromosome type different from the rare lineage found in Richard's III's remains.

Beaufort was educated at Hawtreys, Eton College, and the Royal Agricultural College.

He is a singer and songwriter with the rock group The Listening Device. This was a support act at the Highclere Rocks concert in 2006, which also featured Bryan Ferry Eric Clapton and Roger Waters.

Since the death of his father, Beaufort is also master of the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt.

Personal Life

His first wife was the environmentalist and former actress Tracy Louise Ward (a sister of Rachel Ward and a granddaughter of William Ward, 3rd Earl of Dudley. They were married on 13 June 1987 at Cornwell, in Oxfordshire, but later separated, and were divorced in 2018. The marriage produced three children:

  • Henry Somerset, Marquess of Worcester, formerly known as Earl of Glamorgan (b. 20 January 1989); married Lucy Eleanor Yorke-Long (b. 23 June 1986), in 29 August 2020. They have two children:

On 30 April 2018, Beaufort married secondly Georgia Powell (b. 18 February 1969), a granddaughter of the novelist Anthony Powell.

Titles

  • 1984-2017 The Most Honorable The Marquess of Worcester
  • 16 August 2017-present His Grace The Duke of Beaufort