Charles Wood, 3rd Earl of Halifax

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Charles Edward Peter Neil Wood, 3rd Earl of Halifax (born 14 March 1944), otherwise known as Peter Wood and styled Lord Irwin between 1959 and 1980, is a British peer and Conservative politician.

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Lord Halifax is the eldest son of Charles Wood, 2nd Earl of Halifax, son of E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, Viceroy of India and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; his mother, Ruth Dowager Countess of Halifax, is the daughter of Neil Primrose and granddaughter of Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.[1]

He was brought up at Swinford Paddocks, Newmarket and educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.


As Peter Wood, he unsuccessfully contested Dearne Valley as a Conservative candidate at the February general election of 1974 and the October general election of the same year. In 1980 he succeeded to his father's earldom.

Lord Halifax is a non-executive director of Hambros Bank, Vice-Chairman of Christie, Manson & Woods, the European Division of Christie's international fine arts auctioneers, and a director of Yorkshire Post Newspapers Ltd.

Halifax is also Vice-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, High Steward of York Minster, a Knight of St John and JP.[2]


Lord Halifax married Camilla Younger, of the Scottish brewing family, in 1976.

Her first husband, Richard Parker Bowles, is brother of Andrew Parker Bowles, first husband of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Lady Halifax and HRH are therefore former sisters-in-law.[3]

Lord and Lady Halifax together have a son and a daughter:

  • James Charles Wood, Lord Irwin (born 24 August 1977), heir apparent to the earldom, m. Georgia Clarkson; they have issue:
    • Hon Rex Patrick Wood, born 12 August 2010.
    • Hon Audrey Nancy Wood, born 23 January 2013.
  • Lady Joanna Victoria Wood (born 15 January 1980)

From her first marriage Lady Halifax also has a daughter, named Emma Parker Bowles (born 1974).

The Earl and Countess live on the 13,000 acre family estate, Garrowby Hall near Garrowby, Yorkshire. Lady Halifax is the national president of Macmillan Cancer Support.[4]



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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Ingram Courtenay Wood
Earl of Halifax