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Welcome to Duchess - the podcast where the Duchess of Rutland explores the historic homes of Great Britain, and meets the inspiring women who lead them today.

Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you.

Stately homes are manors, palaces, and castles of great historic significance. They were built by the finest architects, adorned with the finest treasures and surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. They homed the most powerful families and, with their wealth and social pedigree, shaped the world we live in today.

Emma grew up far away from the aristocracy but her life changed forever when she married her husband - the 11th Duke of Rutland - and moved into Belvoir Castle. At once Emma became both a Duchess and custodian of one of Britain's most important buildings.

The Duchess wanted to learn more about this world, these homes, and the other empowering women who, just like her, work tirelessly to ensure they see tomorrow.

In this podcast the Duchess will travel to breathtaking homes, learn the epic tales of their construction, meet the historic figures that walked their halls, hear chilling ghost stories and the heartbreaking tales of romance. All of this whilst getting to know the inspiring, powerful women that work to find the delicate balance between preservation and transformation.

Join Emma on a very special journey. This is Duchess, the podcast.

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Welcome to Duchess - the podcast where the Duchess of Rutland explores the historic homes of Great Britain, and meets the inspiring women who lead them today.

Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you.

Stately homes are manors, palaces, and castles of great historic significance. They were built by the finest architects, adorned with the finest treasures and surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. They homed the most powerful families and, with their wealth and social pedigree, shaped the world we live in today.

Emma grew up far away from the aristocracy but her life changed forever when she married her husband - the 11th Duke of Rutland - and moved into Belvoir Castle. At once Emma became both a Duchess and custodian of one of Britain's most important buildings.

The Duchess wanted to learn more about this world, these homes, and the other empowering women who, just like her, work tirelessly to ensure they see tomorrow.

In this podcast the Duchess will travel to breathtaking homes, learn the epic tales of their construction, meet the historic figures that walked their halls, hear chilling ghost stories and the heartbreaking tales of romance. All of this whilst getting to know the inspiring, powerful women that work to find the delicate balance between preservation and transformation.

Join Emma on a very special journey. This is Duchess, the podcast.

    Lady Mansfield of Scone Palace

    Lady Mansfield of Scone Palace

    Episode Description:
    On this week’s episode, The Duchess chats to Lady Mansfield of the historic Scone Palace. Lady Mansfield and The Duchess enjoy a wonderful conversation, where we hear the moving story of one of Britain’s first black aristocrats, listeners learn about Stone of Destiny and how central Scone was in crowing Scottish royalty, and Lady Mansfield explains the origins behind one of Scone’s great treasures: Marie Antoinette’s writing desk.
    Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you.
    Top Quotes:
    “These houses need life. They need people. They only come alive when people are in them.” - Lady Mansfield
    “In a stately home you become a jack of all trades. You’re always juggling. The most important thing is attention to detail.” - Lady Mansfield
    “You are walking in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce, Macbeth. The way I explain it to people is: ‘Scone is the Westminster Abbey of Scotland.” - Lady Mansfield
    “In heritage, you can’t afford to stand still.” - Lady Mansfield
    “I want people to take away a sense of history. I want them to feel the Palace is alive.” - Lady Mansfield
    About the Guest:
    Countess Mansfield worked as a cook in London before marrying her husband, 9th Earl of Mansfield David Mungo Murray, in 1985. The couple have four children together, and their tenureship in Scone Palace has seen the estate become a major Scottish tourist attraction.
    The land Scone Palace sits on is steepled in Scottish and Ancient history. Originally a gathering place for the Picts, Scone was the site of Moot Hill: where all Scottish kings, from Macbeth to Robert the Bruce, were crowned. Scotland's first parliament meeting was opened at Scone, and the estate has been the home of the Murray family since 1604. The history of the Earl’s of Mansfield is lengthy and distinguished, but one of the greatest Earl’s remains the first: William Murray. William would become one of the most venerated lawyers in history and, perhaps most significantly, his decision to raise the biracial Elizabeth Dido Bell marked a crucial moment in British racial history. Scone now is one of Scotland’s great tourist destinations - hosting events annually and housing treasures such as Marie Antoinette’s writing desk, and the Stone of Scone.


    About the Host:
    Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.


    Resources:
    https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/)
    https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/)
    https://scone-palace.co.uk/ (https://scone-palace.co.uk/)
    https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)

    • 35 min
    Lady Derby of Knowsley Hall

    Lady Derby of Knowsley Hall

    Episode Description:
    On the newest episode of Duchess, our hosts travels to meet the lovely Lady Derby of the beautiful Knowsley Hall. Lady Derby speaks to The Duchess about the unbelievably impressive Stanley family lineage, Lady Derby explains some of the challenges she encountered when first arriving on the steps of Knowsley Hall, the ladies discuss the estates astounding connection to Shakespeare, we are given insight into the equestrian pedigree of Lady Derby and the Stanley, and we hear first hand accounts of the what it’s like to run an estate during a pandemic.
    Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you.
    Top Quotes:
    “That was the most difficult thing during the lockdown. Everyone had to isolate. It was actually very lonely.” - Lady Derby
    “It’s hard to describe a stately home life without realising it is very co-dependent.” - Lady Derby
    “Having people in the home brings life to the house.” - Lady Derby
    “I have been totally reliant on the community I work with to find my way.” - Lady Derby
    “What these homes are really about is the community.” - The Duchess of Rutland
    About the Guest:
    Lady Derby, born Caroline Emma Neville, grew up in the stately home Audley End of the historic House of Neville. She studied History and History of Art in London City University before working as Assistant Surveyor to the Queen’s Pictures. She met her husband Edward Stanley, 9th Earl of Derby, in 1994. The couple would marry and have three children.
    Knowsley Hall was built in the 1500s and has housed the Stanely’s for 500 years.
    The Stanley’s are one of the most illustrious families in British history, with famous knights, prime ministers, and politicians all hailing lineage. The Derby race was named after them, as is The Stanley Cup in hockey. Now visitors flock to Knowsley Hall all year round to enjoy its many works of art, events and safari park.


    About the Host:
    Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.


    Resources:
    https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/)
    https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/)
    https://knowsleyhallvenue.co.uk/ (https://knowsleyhallvenue.co.uk/)
    https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)

    • 35 min
    Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill of Blenheim Palace

    Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill of Blenheim Palace

    Episode Description:
    On the third episode of Duchess, our host sits down with Henrietta Spencer-Chuchill in the breathtaking Blenheim Palace. We hear the amazing story of how the Palace came to be, and how one particular woman was fundamental to it’s construction, the ladies chat about Henrietta’s distinguished lineage, Henrietta’s memories of Winston Churchill, we are taken on a tour of the incredible architecture and interiors of Blenheim, and we hear about sacrifices former custodians have made to keep the Palace going.
    Have you ever watched Bridgerton, The Crown or Downton Abbey and wondered what it's really like to be a Duchess? If so, this is the podcast for you.
    Top Quotes:
    “The heartbeat of a private heritage home is the family living in it.” Duchess
    “My father always said: We are still fighting the battle of Blenheim. The battle doesn’t stop. We will always be fighting for Blenheim.” Henrietta
    “Nothing is ever thrown away in a large house.” The Duchess
    “It’s my duty to look after such a wonderful and beautiful home. It’s a part of our heritage. We’re very lucky to be a part of it.” Henrietta
    “My motto is retain and restore, rather than rip out and replace.” Henrietta
    About the Guest and Stately Home:
    Henrietta Spencer-Churchill is an interior designer, author, and founder of Woodstock Designs. Henrietta, as the youngest child of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, grew up in Blenheim Palace.
    Situated in Oxfordshire, the site Blenheim occupies has been associated with history and the aristocracy for centuries: Henry II’s mistress Rosamund Clifford lived on the site, Elizabeth I was imprisoned by Mary I for a time here as well. Blenheim, which is the only non- royal and non-episcopal Palace in Britain, was built by the first Duke and Duchess of Marlborough in the 18th century. The Palace is replete with magnificent Baroque architecture and contains a number of priceless art pieces and heirlooms - many of which are related to Winston Churchill who was born in Blenheim Palace. Now, the estate hosts events throughout the year; including cinema screenings, concerts, and exhibitions. Blenheim Palace is also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    About the Host:
    Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.


    Resources:
    https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/)
    https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/)
    https://www.blenheimpalace.com/ (https://www.blenheimpalace.com/)
    https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/)

    • 36 min
    Lady Emma Ingilby of Ripley Castle

    Lady Emma Ingilby of Ripley Castle

    In this latest episode, The Duchess travels to meet Lady Ingilby of the amazing Ripley Castle. Lady Emma Ingilby takes the Duchess on a tour through Ripley’s fascinating history, Lady Ingilby explains what a priest hole is and why it was once very important in a Catholic home, we hear more chilling ghost stories, and the ladies discuss the sometimes isolating exclusivity of the ‘stately wives club.’ Enjoy.

    • 40 min
    Demetra Lindsay of Hedingham Castle

    Demetra Lindsay of Hedingham Castle

    On this week’s episode, The Duchess meets Demetra Lindsay - custodian of the marvellous Hedingham Castle. Demetra brings The Duchess inside the walls of Britain’s best preserved Norman keep. We learn about the history of Hedingham Castle, we hear a beautiful love story that challenged the social norms of it’s day, Demetra introduces us to some ghostly residents who continue to walk the halls, and we take a tour down the wonderful gardens of Hedingham. Enjoy.

    • 38 min
    Welcome to Duchess

    Welcome to Duchess

    As a young girl growing up in the idyllic Welsh countryside, Emma Rutland never could have imagined she would live a real life fairytale.


    Born Emma Watkins, she met the 11th Duke of Rutland and fell in love. The couple married and Emma became the Duchess of Rutland. This transformation would thrust her into the world of the aristocracy - living in one of Britain's most important homes, Belvoir Castle.


    The life of a Duchess was not just romance and glamour but also hard work and responsibility. Emma learned that everyday running a stately home is a battle and that she has to work tirelessly to ensure the castle sees tomorrow.


    Emma wanted to learn more about the other stately homes of Great Britain, the history behind these estates, the families who call them home, and the other inspiring women who lead them today.


    When her daughter Vi suggested a podcast, she knew she had to do it.


    So please join Emma as she journeys through Britain, peeking behind the veil of history and aristocracy and meeting the empowering women who guide Britain’s stately homes today.


    This is Duchess, the podcast.
    About the Host:
    Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland, thrusting her into the world of aristocracy, and handing her the responsibility of one of the nation's great treasures: Belvoir Castle. While simultaneously running the day to day operations of the castle, and raising five children, The Duchess became fascinated with the history and importance of the other stately homes of the UK. Join The Duchess as she embarks on a wonderful journey through time, to learn more about the incredible homes that have defined Great Britain and, most importantly, meet the other extraordinary women who work tirelessly behind their doors to preserve their history and magic for future generations.
    Resources:
    https://www.belvoircastle.com/ (https://www.belvoircastle.com/)
    https://www.onefineplay.com/ (https://www.onefineplay.com/)
    https://www.blenheimpalace.com/ (https://www.blenheimpalace.com/)
    https://www.emmaduchessrutland.com/ (https://www.duchessthepodcast.com/)

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