Saturday, January 30, 2021

Duke of Roxburghe engaged

 _. The engagement was announced 30 January, 2021, between the 11th Duke of Roxburghe [born 18 February, 1981], of Floors Castle, Kelso, elder son of the late 10th Duke of Roxburghe [1954-2019], and his first wife the former Lady Jane Meriel Grosvenor [born 8 Feb, 1953], and Miss Annabel Green [born 1989], daughter of the late Mr Ian Green and Mrs Patrick Quirk.

South African born Annabel Green will become chatelaine of the magnificent Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and family home of the Dukes of Roxburghe. The castle was built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721.

One of Britain's most eligible bachelors,  the duke is a close Army friend of the Duke of Sussex. He inherited his father's title and £100m estate in 2019. The duke, when Marquis of Bowmont, was also once fined for riding the Tyne and Wear Metro without a £1 ticket, but chose to pay the £10 fine rather than end up on 'loser posters' put up around the city.

Charles Roxburghe attended Eton College before following in his father's footsteps by going to Sandhurst after which he served during the Iraq War. Rather than sitting around 'like a hawk' however, Charles runs his own chauffeur business, Capstar, which retrains wounded former servicemen and women, according to the Evening Standard. 

It will be the second marriage for Charles Robert George Innes-Ker, 11th Duke of Roxburghe. He married firstly, 22 July, 2011, the Hon Charlotte Susanna Aitken [born 1982], daughter of the 3rd Baron Beaverbrook [born 29 Dec, 1951]. This childless marriage ended in divorce in 2013, and Charlotte is now Mrs Francesco Bellasi.

The Duke of Roxburghe succeeded to the title on his father's death, 29 Aug, 2019. The 10th duke died from cancer aged 64. The Duke is also Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford, Earl of Roxburghe, Earl of Kelso, Earl Innes, Viscount Broxmouth, Lord Roxburghe, Lord Ker of Cessford and Cavertoun, Lord Ker of Cessford and Overton, and is the premier Baronet of Nova Scotia, and Chief of the Clan Innes. 

Charles Roxburghe's mother, Lady Jane, is a daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster [1910-79], and is now the wife of Edward William Dawnay [born 10 Feb, 1950], scion of the Viscounts Downe.

The Duke of Roxburghe has a brother, and current heir presumptive, Lord Edward Innes-Ker [born 2 Feb, 1984], and a sister Rosanagh [born 16 Jan, 1979], a bridesmaid at the wedding of HRH The Duke of York and Miss Sarah Ferguson, in 1986 [it was at a  Floors Castle house party where Prince Andrew is said to have proposed to Sarah]. Rosanagh is Viscountess Grimston, wife of the Earl of Verulam's son and heir, Viscount Grimston.

The duke also has two half-siblings, Lady Isabella Innes-Ker [born 7 Sept, 1994], and Lord George Innes-Ker [born 20 Nov, 1996], from his father's second marriage to Virginia Wynn-Williams.


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