Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The decline of the British aristocracy

William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington, and Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy at their 1944 wedding, in London.
I found this article from Vanity Fair, January 2010. It's written by Charles Spencer, Di's brother and is an intriguing, well written and insightful piece about the responsibilities of British nobility and the decline of the aristocracy in Great Britain. For Downton fans it rings all too familiar with Lord Grantham's speeches about Downton. The stories of individual great families are staggering and heartbreaking. It's really a great read. It makes me angry as an avid Anglophile that knows I could have been the perfect trophy duchess and hostess of a grand estate.

Also, how great is Kick Kennedy's wedding dress? So simple, but so wonderful.

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