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.
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“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.