- Miles Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk
The Duke of Norfolk Portrait by Allan Warren Spouse(s) Anne Constable-Maxwell Noble family House of Howard Father Bernard Fitzalan-Howard, 3rd Baron Howard of Glossop Mother Mona Stapleton, 11th Baroness Beaumont Born 21 July 1915 Died 24 June 2002(aged 86)
Major-General Miles Francis Stapleton Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO, CB, CBE, MC, DL, GCPO, Earl Marshal, Chief Butler of England (21 July 1915 – 24 June 2002), was the eldest son of Bernard Fitzalan-Howard, 3rd Baron Howard of Glossop and his wife Mona Stapleton, 11th Baroness Beaumont.
Educated at Ampleforth College and Christ Church, Oxford, Miles Fitzalan-Howard was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards in 1937. During Second World War, he was awarded the Military Cross for reconnaissance of mined roads. He was at the time on foot and under enemy fire. He was quoted in his obituary in The Independent as saying: "Anyone can be the Duke of Norfolk, but I'm rather proud of that medal."
He was appointed head of the British mission to Russian forces in Germany in 1957 and Commander of the 70th King's African Rifles in 1961 just before Kenyan independence. He went on to be General Officer Commanding 1st Division in 1963, Director of Management and Support Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence in 1965 and Director of Service Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence in 1966 before retiring in 1967.
Baronies of Beaumont & Glossop
Dukedom of Norfolk
He inherited the Dukedom of Norfolk from his second cousin once removed Bernard Fitzalan-Howard, 16th Duke of Norfolk in 1975 and added his mother's maiden name of Stapleton before his own that year. He also inherited the Great Office of Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England, which is attached to the Dukedom of Norfolk, thereby becoming responsible for State occasions. He became, by virtue of this office, the hereditary judge in the Court of Chivalry and head of the College of Arms, responsible for heraldry in England and Wales as well as other parts of the British Commonwealth of Nations such as Australia.
The Dukes of Norfolk remained Roman Catholic despite the Reformation (see recusancy). The Duke, as senior Roman Catholic peer of the United Kingdom, represented The Queen at the installation of Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II and at the funeral of Pope John Paul I.
- Lady Tessa Mary Isabel Fitzalan-Howard (born 20 September 1950), married Roderick Balfour, now 5th Earl of Balfour; has issue, four daughters.
- Lady Carina Mary Gabrielle Fitzalan-Howard (born 20 February 1952), married Sir David Frost; has issue.
- Lady Marcia Mary Josephine Fitzalan-Howard born 10 March 1953), better known as the actress Marsha Fitzalan, married Patrick Ryecart (marriage dissolved); has issue.
- Edward William Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel and Surrey (b. 2 December 1956, later 18th Duke of Norfolk, married Georgina, has issue.
- Lord Gerald Bernard Fitzalan-Howard (born 13 June 1962), married Emma Roberts; has issue.
The Duke died on 24 June 2002 and is buried at Fitzalan Chapel on the western grounds of Arundel Castle.
Titles & Honours
Titles from birth
- The Hon. Miles Fitzalan-Howard (1915–1971)
- The Rt. Hon. The Lord Beaumont (1971–1975)
- His Grace The Duke of Norfolk (1975–2002)
Honours and awards
- Royal Victorian Chain (2000)
- Knight of the Order of the Garter (1983)
- Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (1986)
- Companion of the Order of the Bath (1960)
- Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1966)
- Military Cross
- Knights Grand Cross of the Order of Pius IX
- Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex
Military offices Preceded by
General Officer Commanding the 1st Division
Political offices Preceded by
The Duke of Norfolk
1975 – 2002
The Duke of Norfolk
Peerage of England Preceded by
1971 – 2002
Bernard Marmaduke Fitzalan-Howard
Duke of Norfolk
1975 – 2002
Peerage of the United Kingdom Preceded by
Bernard Edward Fitzalan-Howard
Baron Howard of Glossop
1972 – 2002
Dukes of Norfolk House of Plantagenet (1397–1399)Margaret, 1st Duchess (1397–1399) House of Mowbray (1397–1481) House of Plantagenet (1481–1483)Richard, 1st Duke (1481–1483) House of Howard (1483–1572, 1660—)John, 1st Duke (1483–1485) • Thomas, 2nd Duke (1514–1524) • Thomas, 3rd Duke (1524–1547, 1553–1554) • Thomas, 4th Duke (1554–1572) • Thomas, 5th Duke (1660–1677) • Henry, 6th Duke (1677–1684) • Henry, 7th Duke (1684–1701) • Thomas, 8th Duke (1701–1732) • Edward, 9th Duke (1732–1777) • Charles, 10th Duke (1777–1786) • Charles, 11th Duke (1786–1815) • Bernard, 12th Duke (1815–1842) • Henry, 13th Duke (1842–1856) • Henry, 14th Duke (1856–1860) • Henry, 15th Duke (1860–1917) • Bernard, 16th Duke (1917–1975) • Miles, 17th Duke (1975–2002) • Edward, 18th Duke (2002—)
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