Death announced of the Duke of Beaufort at his Badminton House home

August 24 2017

THE Duke of Beaufort has died at his South Gloucestershire home, Badminton House, at the age of 89.

THE Duke of Beaufort has died at his South Gloucestershire home, Badminton House, at the age of 89.

Born David Somerset, the former art dealer inherited the title in 1984 from his cousin, the tenth duke, who had founded Badminton Horse Trials - now the most prestigious event of its kind in the world.

As a rider, he finished runner-up at the trials in 1959 with Countryman III and later took on the role of president of the horse trials.

A service of thanksgiving was due to take place on Friday, August 25, at St Michael and All Angels Church, Badminton.

The duke leaves his widow Miranda - his second wife - and four children Harry, Anne, Edward and John. He is succeeded by Harry, the Marquess of Worcester.