Duke of Norfolk
|The coat of arms of the Dukes of Norfolk
|Crest and mantle||See below.|
|Motto||Sola virtus invicta., Latin for "virtue alone is unconquered".|
The Duke of Norfolk is the premier duke in the peerage of England, and also, as Earl of Arundel, the premier earl. The Duke of Norfolk is, moreover, the Earl Marshal and hereditary Marshal of England. The seat of the Duke of Norfolk is Arundel Castle in Sussex, although the title refers to the county of Norfolk. The current Duke of Norfolk is Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk. The dukes have historically been Catholic, a state of affairs known as recusancy in England.
All past and present dukes have been descended from Edward I; see Dukes of Norfolk family tree. The son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey; The Earl was descended from both King Edward I and King Edward III.
Before the Dukes of Norfolk, there were the Bigod Earls of Norfolk, starting with Roger Bigod from Normandy (died 1107). Their male line ended with Roger Bigod, 5th Earl of Norfolk, who died without an heir in 1307, so their titles and estates reverted to the crown. Edward II then created his brother Thomas of Brotherton earl in 1312. It passed to Thomas's daughter, granddaughter of King Edward I, Margaret, and then to her grandson Thomas Mowbray.
When King Richard II created Thomas Mowbray duke in 1397, he conferred upon him the estates and titles (including Earl Marshal) that had belonged to the earls. His elderly grandmother Margaret was still alive, and so at the same time she was created Duchess of Norfolk for life. Mowbray died in exile in 1399, some months after his grandmother, and his dukedom was repealed. His widow took the title Countess of Norfolk.
Between 1401 and 1476, the Mowbray family held the title and estates of the Duke of Norfolk. John Mowbray, the 4th duke, died without male issue in 1476, his only surviving child being the 3-year-old Anne Mowbray. At the age of three, a marriage was arranged between Anne and Richard, Duke of York, the four-year-old son of King Edward IV of England. She remained Richard's child bride until she died at the age of 8.
In accordance with the marriage arrangements, Richard inherited the lands and wealth of the Mowbray family. He was also made Duke of Norfolk. However, upon the death of Edward IV, controversy over the legitimacy arose, as evidence of an earlier marriage on the part of Edward IV emerged. Soon after their father's death Richard, and his brother Edward, were declared illegitimate. Richard was sent to the Tower of London by the new king, Richard III, in mid-1483, thus ending his claim to both York and Norfolk.
For his support of Richard III's claim to the throne, John Howard, the son of Thomas Mowbray's elder daughter Margaret, was created 1st Duke of Norfolk in 1483, in the title's third creation. From this point to the present, the title has remained in the hands of the descendants of John Howard.
The Catholic faith of the Howard dynasty often resulted in conflict with the reigning monarch, particularly during and after the reign of Henry VIII. In 1546, Thomas Howard, the third Duke, fell out of favour with the dying Henry and was attainted on 27 January 1547; he was stripped of his titles and his lands reverted to the Crown. Imprisoned in the Tower of London, he narrowly escaped execution through Henry's death the following day, but remained imprisoned until the death of Edward VI and the accession of the Catholic Queen Mary to the English throne in 1553, upon which his lands and titles were restored to him. However, the Duke died the following year aged around 81, and was succeeded by his grandson Thomas as the fourth Duke of Norfolk. Following Mary's death and the accession of Elizabeth I, the Duke was imprisoned for scheming to marry Mary. After his release under house arrest in 1570 and subsequent participation in the Ridolfi plot to enthrone Mary Queen of Scots and Catholicism in England, he was executed for treason and his lands and titles again became forfeit.
In 1660, the fourth Duke's great-great-grandson, the 23rd Earl of Arundel, was restored to the family lands and dukedom. Mentally infirm, the fifth Duke never married and died in 1677. He was succeeded by his younger brother Henry as the 6th Duke, through whom the 7th Duke, 8th Duke and 9th Duke of Norfolk were descended in the male-line. At the death of the 9th Duke, the title was inherited by his heir male, Charles Howard, a grandson of Charles Howard of Greystoke, a younger brother of the 5th and 6th Dukes. He was succeeded by his son, Charles, whose lack of a legitimate male heir resulted in the title passing to Bernard Howard, a great-grandson of Bernard Howard of Glossop, the youngest brother of the 5th and 6th Dukes. The title then passed to his son, Henry Howard, 13th Duke of Norfolk, who was the father of Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 14th Duke of Norfolk, and Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Glossop. The title passed through the line of the elder brother until the death in 1975 of Bernard Fitzalan-Howard, 16th Duke of Norfolk without male issue. Consequently, he was succeeded by his second cousin once removed, Miles Stapleton-Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk, who was a great-grandson of the aforementioned 1st Baron Howard of Glossop.
The current Duke of Norfolk is Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk, who succeeded his father, Miles Stapleton-Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk, in 2002.
Duties and other titles 
In addition to the title of Duke of Norfolk, the Dukes of Norfolk also hold the hereditary position of Earl Marshal, which has the duty of organizing state occasions such as the state opening of Parliament. For the last five centuries, save some periods when it was under attainder, both the Dukedom and the Earl-Marshalship have been in the hands of the Howard family. According to The House of Lords Act 1999, due to his duties as Earl Marshal, Norfolk is one of only two hereditary peers automatically admitted to the House of Lords, without being elected by the general body of hereditary peers (the other being the Lord Great Chamberlain).
Additionally, the Duke of Norfolk participates in the ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament. He is among the four individuals who precede the monarch, and one of the two of these who walk always facing the sovereign (thus backwards).
As the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk is head of the College of Arms, through which he regulates all matters connected with armorial bearings and standards, in addition to controlling the arrangements for state functions.
He is one of three claimants to the title of Chief Butler of England.
The Duke of Norfolk currently holds the following subsidiary titles:
- Earl of Arundel (1289)
- Earl of Surrey (1483)
- Earl of Norfolk (1644)
- Baron Beaumont (1309)
- Baron Maltravers (1330)
- Baron FitzAlan (1627)
- Baron Clun (1627)
- Baron Oswaldestre (1627)
- Baron Howard of Glossop (1869)
All titles are in the Peerage of England, save for the Barony of Howard of Glossop which is in the peerage of the United Kingdom. All descend to heirs male except the Barony of Beaumont, which can pass in the female line. The style Earl of Arundel is used as a courtesy title by the Duke's eldest son, the present one of which is Henry Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel. The style Lord Maltravers is used as a courtesy title by the eldest son of the Duke's eldest son (the Duke's grandson).
Coats of arms 
The coat of arms of the Howard Dukes of Norfolk consist of four different elements: the arms (or shield), the crest(s), the supporters, the motto, and the batons of the Earl Marshal. Each will be addressed in turn:
- The Arms: Quarterly 1st Gules on a Bend between six Cross-crosslets fitchy Argent an Escutcheon Or charged with a Demi-lion rampant pierced through the mouth by an arrow within a Double Tressure flory counterflory of the first (Howard); 2nd Gules three Lions passant gardant in pale Or, Armed and Langued Azure, in chief a Label of three points Argent (Thomas of Brotherton); 3rd Checky Or and Azure (Warenne); 4th Gules a Lion rampant Or, Armed and Langued Azure (Fitzalan).
- The Crests: 1st On a Chapeau Gules turned up Ermine a Lion statant gardant with tail extended Or gorged with a Ducal Coronet Argent (Thomas of Brotherton); 2nd Issuant from a Ducal Coronet Or a pair of Wings Gules each charged with a Bend between six Cross-crosslets fitchy Argent (Howard); 3rd On a Mount Vert a Horse passant Argent holding in the mouth a Slip of Oak fructed proper (Fitzalan).
- The Supporters: Dexter a Lion sinister a Horse both Argent the latter holding in his mouth a Slip of Oak Vert fructed proper.
- The Motto: Sola Virtus Invicta (Virtue alone is unconquered).
- The Batons: Placed behind the shield two gold Batons in Saltire enamelled at the end Sable (black), which represent the Duke of Norfolk's office as Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England.
Often, the coat of arms of the Duke of Norfolk appears with the Garter circlet of the Order of the Garter surrounding the shield, as seen in the arms of Miles Stapleton-Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk. However, this is not hereditary; the 17th Duke did not become a Knight of the Garter until 22 April 1983. The 18th Duke of Norfolk, Edward William Fitzalan-Howard, as of 2012[update] had not been awarded the Order of the Garter. No order of knighthood is necessarily a component of the coat of arms of the Duke of Norfolk.
The shield on the bend in the first quarter of the arms (shown to the right) was granted as an Augmentation of Honour by Henry VIII to Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Flodden Field. It is a modification of the Royal coat of arms of Scotland. Instead of its normal rampant position, the lion is shown with an arrow through its mouth.
The main residences commonly associated with the Dukes of Norfolk are: Framlingham Castle, Bungay Castle, as well as Clun Castle in Shropshire, which are now largely ruins; Worksop Manor, Carlton Towers, Norfolk House in London, and most notably Arundel Castle.
Framlingham Castle was originally a part of the properties of the Earls of Norfolk, but when the title fell from use, the castle was administered by the crown. In 1397, it was given to Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, by King Richard II. And when the Mowbray line became extinct, it passed eventually to the Howard family. Major repairs to this castle were carried out in 1485 by John Howard. The castle would remain in the Howard family, and thus the Dukes of Norfolk, for a while, but would eventually pass from their possession. In 1553, for example, Framlingham was given to Mary Tudor, sister of King Edward VI.
Bungay Castle was also originally a part of the properties of the Earls of Norfolk. In 1483, it passed into the possession of the Howards, Dukes of Norfolk, and the family continued to own it, apart from brief periods, until the late 20th century. However, the castle has been in a state of decay for quite some time. And for this reason, the 17th Duke of Norfolk, in 1987 presented the castle to the town, which had already begun restoration attempts on its own, with an endowment towards its preservation. It is now owned and administered by the Castle Trust.
Carlton Towers is in Carlton (near Goole), Yorkshire, England. It is a Victorian gothic country house designed by Edward Welby Pugin. It is the Yorkshire home of the Duke of Norfolk. Though the Duke of Norfolk's family still live in part of the house, it is now largely used for wedding receptions and similar events.
The principal seat of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for over 850 years is Arundel Castle. Built in the 11th Century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, the castle was seized by the crown in 1102. King Henry II, who added on to the castle, in 1155 confirmed William d'Aubigny as Earl of Arundel, with the honour and the castle of Arundel. Arundel Castle is still to this day the home of The Duke and Duchess of Norfolk and their children. The Fitzalan Chapel, founded in 1390 by the 4th Earl of Arundel, is located on the western grounds outside the castle, and has been the burial place of the most recent Dukes of Norfolk.
Glossop as an occasional residence is situated in the High Peak District of Derbyshire. As the family became closely connected with Sheffield, The Farm in Glossop became increasingly used, particularly when Henry Howard lived there in the 1760s; when the fourteenth Duke, enlarged The Farm as an occasional residence; and during the time of the fifteenth Duke, Henry Granville Fitzalan-Howard, who had interest in the activities of the City. The Glossop estate was sold by the family in 1925.
List of titleholders 
Duchess (Royal) of Norfolk (1397) 
|Created by Richard II of England (for life)|
|1397-1398||widowed||Granddaughter of King Edward I||Countess of Norfolk|
Dukes of Norfolk (1397) 
|Created by Richard II of England|
|1||Thomas de Mowbray
|1397-1399||Elizabeth FitzAlan||Grandson of Margaret, Duchess of Norfolk; exiled by Henry IV and stripped of the dukedom||Earl of Norfolk
Earl of Nottingham
|2||John de Mowbray
|1425-1432||Katherine Neville||Son of the preceding; restored to the dukedom|
|3||John de Mowbray
|1432-1461||Eleanor Bourchier||Son of the preceding and an important figure in the Wars of the Roses|
|4||John de Mowbray
|1461-1476||Elizabeth de Beauchamp||Son of the preceding; died without heirs male|
Dukes (Royal) of Norfolk (1481) 
|Created by Edward IV of England|
|1||Prince Richard of Shrewsbury
|1481-1483||Anne de Mowbray, 8th Countess of Norfolk||Son of King Edward IV and son-in-law of the 4th Duke of Norfolk||Duke of York
Earl of Norfolk
Earl of Nottingham
Dukes of Norfolk (1483) 
|Created by Richard III of England|
|1483-1485||widowed||Grandson of Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, died at the Battle of Bosworth Field, forfeiting the dukedom||Baron Mowbray|
|1514-1524||Agnes Tilney||Son of the preceding, restored to the dukedom. Great grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I||Earl of Surrey
|1524-1554||Lady Elizabeth Stafford||Son of the preceding and uncle of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, forfeited the dukedom having incurred Henry VIII's disfavour and restored by Mary I|
|1554-1572||Lady Mary FitzAlan
|Grandson of the preceding, executed for treason against Elizabeth I, forfeiting the dukedom|
|1660-1677||unmarried||Great-great-grandson of the preceding, restored to the dukedom||Earl of Arundel
Earl of Surrey
Earl of Norfolk
|1677-1684||Jane Bickerton||Brother of the preceding||Earl of Arundel
Earl of Surrey
Earl of Norfolk
Earl of Norwich
Baron Howard of Castle Rising
|1684-1701||Mary Mordaunt, 7th Baroness Mordaunt||Son of the preceding|
|1701-1732||Maria Shireburn||Nephew of the preceding|
|1732-1777||Mary Blount||Brother of the preceding|
|1777-1786||Catherine Brockholes||Second cousin of the preceding||Earl of Arundel
Earl of Surrey
Earl of Norfolk
|1786-1815||Frances Scudamore||Son of the preceding|
|12||Bernard Edward Howard
|1815-1842||divorced||Third cousin of the preceding|
|13||Henry Charles Howard
|1842-1856||Charlotte Leveson-Gower||Son of the preceding|
|14||Henry Granville Fitzalan-Howard
|1856-1860||Augusta Lyons||Son of the preceding|
|1860-1917||Lady Flora Abney-Hastings
Gwendolen Constable-Maxwell, 12th Lady Herries of Terregles
|Son of the preceding|
|16||Bernard Marmaduke Fitzalan-Howard
|1917-1975||Lavinia Strutt||Son of the preceding|
|17||Miles Francis Stapleton Fitzalan-Howard
|1975-2002||Anne Constable-Maxwell||Second cousin once removed of the preceding||Earl of Arundel
Earl of Surrey
Earl of Norfolk
Baron Howard of Glossop
|18||Edward William Fitzalan-Howard
|since 2002||Georgina Gore||Son of the preceding|
The heir apparent is the Duke's eldest son, Henry Miles Fitzalan-Howard, styled Earl of Arundel (b. 1987).
Line of succession 
In 1660, the 23rd Earl of Arundel was restored to the Dukedom of Norfolk with remainder to:
1). the heirs male of his body. (he never married)
2). the heirs male of his father Henry Howard, the 22nd Earl. (the present line; through the fifth Duke's brother the Hon. Bernard)
3). the heirs male of his grandfather the 21st Earl. (extinct in 1762)
4). the heirs male of his great-grandfather the 20th Earl, eldest son of the fourth Duke. (he had none apart from the 21st Earl)
5). the heirs male in the line of descent from the Earl of Suffolk, younger half-brother of the 20th Earl. (currently extant)
6). the heirs male descended from Lord William Howard, younger half-brother of the 20th Earl: (both lines currently extant)
- (a). the heirs male in the senior line of descent from Lord William Howard through his elder son Sir Philip Howard, grandfather of the first Earl of Carlisle.
- (b). the heirs male in the junior line of descent from Lord William Howard through his second son Francis, ancestor of the Howards of Corby Castle, Cumberland, England
In the event all the currently extant lines of descent from the fourth Duke fail in the male line, the Dukedom of Norfolk and its subsidiary titles will become extinct; though there exists a currently extant branch of the Howard dynasty, the Earls of Effingham, in descent from the second Duke, their line was unaccountably omitted from the 1660 remainder. The Barony of Beaumont, however, will either fall into abeyance or descend through the female line, as its remainder provides for that eventuality.
Knights of the Garter 
Many of the Dukes of Norfolk have also been knights of the Order of the Garter. The following list is of those Dukes of Norfolk, along with their year of investiture, that were also Knights of the Order of the Garter across all creations of the title.
- 1383 – Thomas Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk
- 1421 – John Mowbray, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
- 1451 – John Mowbray, 4th Duke of Norfolk
- 1472 – John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk
- 1475 – Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York, 1st Duke of Norfolk
- 1510 – Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
- 1559 – Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk; degraded 1572
- 1685 – Henry Howard, 7th Duke of Norfolk
- 1834 – Bernard Edward Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk
- 1848 – Henry Howard, 13th Duke of Norfolk
- 1886 – Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk
- 1937 – Bernard Marmaduke Fitzalan-Howard, 16th Duke of Norfolk
- 1983 – Miles Francis Stapleton Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk
Family tree 
See also 
- Arundel Castle
- Baron Beaumont
- Baron Howard of Glossop
- Baron Howard of Penrith
- Bungay Castle
- Carlton Towers
- Dukes of Norfolk family tree
- Earl Marshal
- Earl of Carlisle
- Earl of Norfolk
- Framlingham Castle
- Norfolk Herald Extraordinary
- Viscount FitzAlan of Derwent
- C. Given-Wilson, ‘Mowbray, Thomas (I), first duke of Norfolk (1366–1399)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
- Brooke-Little, J.P., FSA (1978) . Boutell's Heraldry (Revised Edition ed.). London: Frederick Warne LTD. p. 125. ISBN 0-7232-2096-4.
- "Bungay Suffolk Town Guide". Bungay-suffolk.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
- "Arundel Castle". Arundel Castle. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
Further reading 
- Robinson, John Martin. The Dukes of Norfolk: A Quincentennial History. Oxford University Press, 1982.
- An Online Gotha - Norfolk
- The River Adur (land ownership, Norfolk Bridge, etc)
- "Catholic Dukes of Norfolk". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.