Dukedoms are created by the Monarch – for reasons ranging from a grateful nation rewarding a major war leader to a king acknowledging his illegitimate son. The last Dukedom to be created was by Queen Victoria. As they gradually become extinct, what will become of those that remain? Do they still have power and wealth? What is it to be a Duke in the 21st Century?
Answers come from a surprising variety of characters – from the Duke of Marlborough and his aunt, born Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill, who remembers being brought up in Blenheim Palace with 36 indoor servants, to the Duke of Atholl, who until 2012 was a rural South African sign-maker called Bruce Murray – and now heads the only private army in Europe.
Episode Length: 01:00:00