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Emma Manners, Duchess of Rutland

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Full Name  Emma Watkins

Name  Emma Duchess
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Title  Marchioness of Granby Duchess of Rutland
Spouse  David Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland (m. 1992)
Children  Lady Eliza Charlotte Manners, Lady Alice Louisa Lilly Manners, Lady Violet Diana Louise Manners

Emma Manners, Duchess of Rutland (née Watkins) is a Welsh-born British noblewoman.


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Born Emma Watkins, the daughter of a farmer from Knighton, Powys (then within Radnorshire), after schooling she started training as an opera singer at the Guildhall School of Music, but dropped out. She then began training as a land agent in Southampton, but quickly moved into working in estate agents marketing properties in London. Chronically dyslexic, she was sacked for charging a buyer £10,000 too much on purchasing a property. She then worked as an interior designer until her marriage, after meeting her future husband at a dinner party.

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Today, the Duchess runs the commercial activities of Belvoir Castle, including shooting parties, weddings and a range of furniture. She has presented on various television programmes, including ITV's Castles, Keeps and Country Homes, and has produced a book about Belvoir Castle.

Personal life

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She married David Manners in 1992. The couple have five children:

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  • Lady Violet Diana Louise Manners (b. 18 August 1993)
  • Lady Alice Louisa Lilly Manners (b. 27 April 1995)
  • Lady Eliza Charlotte Manners (b. 17 July 1997)
  • Charles John Montague, Marquess of Granby (b. 3 July 1999)
  • Lord Hugo William James Manners (b. 24 July 2003)
  • The family initially lived in the adjacent Knipton Lodge, a six-bedroomed Georgian house. Following the death of the 10th Duke in 2001, they moved into newly-renovated private apartments, which had formerly been the nanny's residence. The couple have a staff of one butler and a nanny.

    Titles and styles

  • Miss Emma Watkins (196? - 6 June 1992)
  • Marchioness of Granby (6 June 1992 - 2 January 1999)
  • Her Grace The Duchess of Rutland (2 January 1999 - present)
  • References

    Emma Manners, Duchess of Rutland Wikipedia

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