Jocelyn Stevens

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Sir Jocelyn Stevens
Born Jocelyn Edward Greville Stevens
(1932-02-14) 14 February 1932 (age 82)
Marylebone, Central London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Magazine publisher, newspaper executive
Spouse(s) Jane Sheffield (1956–1979)
Emma Cheape (2008–present)
Partner(s) Vivien Duffield (–2005)
Children 4
Relatives Edward Hulton (great-grandfather)
Sir Edward Hulton, 1st Baronet (grandfather)
Sir Edward George Warris Hulton (uncle)
Poppy Delevingne (granddaughter)
Cara Delevingne (granddaughter)

Sir Jocelyn Edward Greville Stevens, CVO (born 14 February 1932) is the former publisher of Queen magazine and a former London newspaper executive.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

Stevens attended Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge,[3][4] and served in the Rifle Brigade, where he won the Sword of Honour.[5][6][1]

He built a career in journalism and publishing.[1][7] In 1957 he bought the British high society publication The Queen,[5] which he revamped, renaming it Queen and hiring Beatrix Miller as editor.[8][9] In the 1960s he provided financial backing for the first British pirate radio station Radio Caroline.[10] In the 1960s–1970s he was named as managing director of the Evening Standard and Daily Express newspapers.[1]

He was Chairman of English Heritage from 1992–2000.[5][7][11] In 1992 he was awarded a CVO for his part in curating the Sovereign Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and he was knighted in 1996.[12][13][14][1]


Stevens is the son of Major Charles Greville Bartlett Stewart-Stevens and Betty Stevens (née Hulton), who died shortly after his birth.[15][16][2][5][3] He is the nephew of the magazine publisher Sir Edward George Warris Hulton and the grandson of the newspaper publisher Sir Edward Hulton, 1st Baronet and his second wife, the music hall artist known by the stage name Millie Lindon.[9][7][17] His step-sister Prudence, Lady Penn, is a former lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and wife of the former Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain's Office, Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Eric Penn.[18][19]

He was married to Jane Sheffield, a lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret,[20][21] for 23 years until 1979.[5][4] They had four children, two sons and two daughters.[3][5] Their daughter Pandora married property developer Charles Delevingne and they have three daughters, Chloe, Poppy and Cara.[22] Stevens was a long-term partner of the philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield until they separated in 2005.[23][3] In 2008 he married Emma Cheape, daughter of the late Sir Iain Tennant and former wife of Angus Cheape of Strathtyrum.[24]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Sir Jocelyn Stevens, CVO Authorised Biography". Debrett's. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "FreeBMD – Search". Retrieved 26 August 2013. "Births Jun 1932 – Surname: Stevens, Given Name: Jocelyn E G, Mother: Hulton, District: Marylebone, Volume: 1a, Page: 594" 
  3. ^ a b c d Greenstreet, Rosanna (4 February 1996). "How We Met – Jocelyn Stevens and John Hedgecoe". The Independent. Retrieved 29 August 2013. "Jocelyn's mother died a week after his birth and he inherited all this money." 
  4. ^ a b Stevens, Jocelyn (11 February 2002). "Margaret, Tony and me". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Farndale, Nigel (24 October 1998). "A hard man to like". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. "When his mother, Betty, went into labour with him there were dangerous complications. The child lived but she died a few days later ... He had four children, two boys and two girls. One of them, Rupert, was disabled with palsy and died at the age of 22 in 1989." 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39306. p. 4257. 10 August 1951.
  7. ^ a b c Bennett, Will (27 October 1992). "Dictatorial approach by Stevens that rarely leaves feathers unruffled". The Independent. Retrieved 27 August 2013. "For much of his life, those jobs were in journalism. His mother was a member of the Hulton Press dynasty from which he inherited an enthusiasm for the printed word and a pounds 1m fortune." 
  8. ^ Haden-Guest, Anthony (12 February 2006). "The queen is dead". The Observer. Retrieved 27 August 2013. "Jocelyn Stevens, who had inherited a small fortune, was the nephew of Edward Hulton, publisher of Picture Post. Stevens bought Queen as a 25th birthday present for himself, on 15 February 1957." 
  9. ^ a b Gundle, Stephen (2008). Glamour: A History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199210985. "The Queen was a house magazine of the British landed and moneyed classes that was bought in 1957 by Jocelyn Stevens. Nephew of Edward Hulton, the publisher of Britain's post-war illustrated weekly, Picture Post, Stevens gradually reinvented the magazine." 
  10. ^ Briggs, Asa (2000). The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume V: Competition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 511–512. ISBN 9780192159649. "Radio Caroline, after taking over Radio Atlanta, split in the spring of 1964 into two services, North and South. MV Caroline was then moored off Ramsey in the Isle of Man, and Mi Amigo off Frinton. They were to be backed by the publisher Jocelyn Stevens." 
  11. ^ "New Chairman of English Heritage: Sir Neil Cossons" (Press release). English Heritage. 2000. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Lister, David (31 December 1992). "New Year Honours: Knighthood for Frost amid arts world accolades". The Independent. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53153. p. 4. 31 December 1992.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54537. p. 12875. 27 September 1996.
  15. ^ "FreeBMD – Search". Retrieved 26 August 2013. "Marriages Jun 1931 – Surname: Hulton/Stevens, Given Name: Frances M/Charles G B, District: St. Martin, Volume: 1a, Page: 1214" 
  16. ^ "FreeBMD – Search". Retrieved 26 August 2013. "Deaths Mar 1932 – Surname: Stevens, Given Name: Frances M, Age: 22, District: Marylebone, Volume: 1a, Page: 776" 
  17. ^ Baker, Richard Anthony (25 October 2005). "Music hall of fame – Millie Lindon". The Retrieved 26 August 2013. "Millie then married the Manchester newspaper magnate Sir Edward Hulton, who founded The Daily Sketch, bought and enlarged the London Evening Standard and then sold his empire to Lord Beaverbrook for £6 million. They had two children – a daughter who died at the age of 22, and a son, Edward George Warris [sic]." 
  18. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56653. p. 1. 6 August 2002. "L.V.O. – Prudence Hilary, Lady PENN, formerly Lady in Waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother."
  19. ^ "Queen attends Victorian girl's wedding". The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria). 5 February 1947. Retrieved 30 August 2013. "The Queen and Princess Elizabeth attended the wedding of Australian Prudence Stewart-Wilson when she was married at St Mark's, North Audley st, to Major Eric Penn, MC, Grenadier Guards, nephew and ward of Major Arthur Penn, secretary to the Queen ... Given away by her stepfather, Major G. Stewart-Stevens" 
  20. ^ "He's the New Style British Tycoon". The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 September 1960. Retrieved 29 August 2013. "Five years ago he married Jane Sheffield." 
  21. ^ The London Gazette: no. 45044. p. 1967. 17 February 1970.
  22. ^ Waite, Alicia (16 March 2011). "Model siblings: Poppy and Cara Delevingne". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  23. ^ Anthony, Andrew (27 March 2011). "Vivien Duffield: The woman who thinks it's better to give". The Observer. Retrieved 29 August 2013. "They became a couple in 1973 and, although they never married, they stayed together for 32 tempestuous years, until he left for a younger woman." 
  24. ^ "Interview: New SFE chairman is just the man to burnish finance's tarnished image". The Scotsman. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2013. "His father was Sir Iain Tennant ... His sister Emma Cheape was at the heart of a society scandal when she married publishing heir Sir Jocelyn Stevens, for whom he abandoned his long-term partner, Selfridges heiress Dame Vivien Duffield."  Interview with Mark Tennant.