- Miles Stapleton-Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk
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Bernard Fitzalan-Howard, 16th Duke of Norfolk
Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk
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Major-GeneralMiles Francis Stapleton Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO, CB, CBE, MC DL ( July 21, 1915– June 24, 2002), was the eldest son of Bernard Fitzalan-Howard, 3rd Baron Howard of Glossopand his wife Mona Stapleton, 11th Baroness Beaumont.
Miles Fitzalan-Howard was educated at
Ampleforth Collegeand Christ Church, Oxfordand served in the Grenadier Guardsof the British Armyfor 30 years, including, during the Second World War, in France, North Africa, Sicily, Italyand North Western Europe. He rose to the rank of Major-General.
During the war he was awarded the
Military Crossfor reconnaissance of mined roads. He was at the time on foot and under enemy fire. He was quoted in his obituary in The Timesas saying "anyone can be the Duke of Norfolk, but I'm rather proud of that medal."
He headed the British mission to Russian forces in
Germanybetween 1957 and 1959. Immediately before Kenyan independence in 1963 he commanded a Brigadeof the King's African Rifles. Between 1963 and 1965 he was General Officer Commanding the First Division of the Rhine Army. Upon his retirement from the Army he served in the Ministry of Defence.Fact|date=May 2007
Baronies of Beaumont & Glossop
Dukedom of Norfolk
He inherited the Dukedom of Norfolk from his second cousin once removed 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 also became by virtue of this office the hereditary judge in the
Court of Chivalryand head of the College of Arms, responsible for heraldryin Englandand Walesas well as other parts of the British Commonwealth of Nationssuch as Australia.
The Dukes of Norfolk have remained
Roman Catholics for over 300 years (see recusancy). The Duke, as senior Roman Catholic peer of the United Kingdom, represented The Queen at the installation of Pope John Paul Iand Pope John Paul IIand at the funeral of Pope John Paul I.
One of 8 children (all of whose first names started with the letter "M") The Duke married Anne Mary Teresa Constable-Maxwell in 1949. They had 2 sons and 3 daughters:
*Lady Tessa Mary Isabel Fitzalan-Howard born 30 September 30 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
March 10, 1953), better known as the actress Marsha Fitzalan married Patrick Ryecart(marriage dissolved); has issue.
*Edward William Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel and Surrey born
December 2, 1956, later 18th Duke of Norfolk, married Georgina, has issue.
Lord Gerald Bernard Fitzalan-Howardborn 13 June 1962, married Emma Roberts; has issue.
Titles & Honours
Titles from birth
*The Honourable Miles Fitzalan-Howard (1915–1971)
*The Rt. Hon. Miles Fitzalan-Howard, 12th Baron Beaumont (1971–1972)
*The Rt. Hon. Miles Fitzalan-Howard, 12th Baron Beaumont, 4th Baron Howard of Glossop (1972–1975)
*His Grace The Most Noble Miles Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk (1975–2002)
*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)
Royal Victorian Chain(2000)
Order of Pius IX
Deputy Lieutenantof West Sussex.
Dukes of Norfolk family tree
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