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Funeral farewell to last Mitford

The coffin is carried into the church in Edensor Credit: ITV News Calendar

The Prince of Wales has joined hundreds of members of the public for the funeral of the last of the famous Mitford sisters.

There were scenes from a bygone age at Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire, today as Charles and Camilla joined the family of the dowager duchess of Devonshire who died peacefully last Wednesday morning at the age of 94.

More than 600 members of the estate staff, dressed in traditional livery, lined the mile long route the cortege took through the park to St Peter's Church, in Edensor.

The royal mourners walked behind the hearse just after the current Duke of Devonshire and other close family members as it moved slowly through the spectacular landscape.

Deborah Vivien Cavendish moved in the same circles as Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy, Adolf Hitler and Evelyn Waugh and epitomised a privileged and glamorous aristocratic lifestyle that no longer exists.

Charles paid tribute to her after her death, saying he "adored and admired" her.

Hundreds of members of the public have turned out to pay their respects Credit: ITV News Calendar

Mourners gather for Dowager Duchess' funeral

Mourners gather Credit: ITV News Calendar

Mourners gather outside St Peter's Church at Edensor on the Chatsworth estate in the Peak District for the funeral of the Dowager, Duchess of Devonshire, who's died at the age of 94. Prince Charles is expected to be among the thousands of people who'll come to pay their respects.

St Peter's Church, Edensor Credit: ITV News Calendar


Dowager Duchess of Devonshire's funeral to take place

The funeral of Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire will take place later today.

Deborah Mitford as a young woman Credit: Press Association

The Duke of Devonshire's mother died last month at the age of 94.

She was the youngest and last surviving Mitford sister - who for almost fifty years ran the Chatsworth House with her late husband Andrew Cavendish.

The service will be held at St Peter's Church in Edensor within the Chatsworth estate and a book of condolence will be placed in Flora's Temple, inside the Chatsworth Garden, for guests to sign.

Tributes pour in for Dowager Duchess

Tributes are pouring in for the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, who died yesterday.

Deborah Vivien Cavendish - the last of the famous Mitford sisters - died aged 94.

She was the main public face of Chatsworth House - who have released new pictures of the Duchess - for many decades.

11th Duke and family in the late 1940s Credit: Chatsworth House
"Dowager" by Bridget Flemming Credit: Chatsworth House

A book of condolences has opened at Chatsworth. To find out when and where you can sign it click here

People have already taken to Twitter to offer their condolences:


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Dowager Duchess of Devonshire dies at 94

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire celebrating their golden wedding at Chatsworth House. Credit: Steve Etherington/EMPICS Sport

The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire - and the last of the famous Mitford sisters - has died at the age of 94.

She and her aristocratic sisters achieved fame and notoriety for their writing careers, love lives and controversial political opinions.

In 1941, Deborah Mitford married Lord Andrew Cavendish and the pair became the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire a decade later, after the deaths of Lord Cavendish's father and older brother.

They lived at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, and the title passed to the couple's son after the Duke's death in 2004.

The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire died peacefully this morning.

Deborah Mitford as a young woman Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Last chance to see Lancaster bombers in flight

There is one more chance to see the world's last two Lancaster bombers in flight together later today - before one flies back to Canada next week.

Rare sight of Lancaster bombers Credit: Calendar news

Weather permitting - and so far it is looking good - they will fly in formation over Derwent Dam in the Hope Valley - for the first time in 50 years.

The British Lancaster will be joined by its Canadian counterpart, Vera, which has flown across the 'Pond' for a series of summer events.

A Hurricane and Spitfire will also pass over the dam at around 4.45pm on their way back to RAF Coningsby from Southport Air Show.

Cahill honoured to be vice-captain

Gary Cahill is honoured to have been named England vice-captain by Roy Hodgson as the Chelsea defender eyes another strong season which he hopes will culminate in silverware.

Cahill honoured to be vice-captain Credit: Press Association

The 28-year-old who is originally from Dronfield, has been rewarded for his consistency for club and country by being formally named Rooney's deputy and received the armband when the Manchester United forward was substituted in England's recent wins over Norway and Switzerland.

It's an ambition, but more of a dream, to captain your country. It's still an amazing feeling every time you put on an England shirt to go out to play. In the next few years, whether Wayne's rested or injured, there might be an opportunity to captain the team. To know that is unbelievable. To have (the armband) for the short period of time in both games felt really good. It's something I'm really proud of and I'll relish.

– Gary Cahill
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