Ffion Hague

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Ffion Hague, Lady Hague of Richmond (born 1968) is a Welsh broadcaster, author and former civil servant, who first became well known as the wife of conservative politician William Hague. Born Ffion Jenkins in Cardiff, she is a native Welsh speaker and hit the news when she was selected to teach the language to her future husband when he was Secretary of State for Wales. [1] She is the younger sister of Manon Williams, who served as the assistant private secretary for the Prince of Wales.[2]

Early life[edit]

She attended Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf, and then went on to study English at Jesus College, Oxford, and joined the Civil Service after graduating.[3] She belonged to the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the National Youth Choir.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She met William Hague in 1995, when she became his private secretary at the Welsh Office. Because of the embarrassment caused by the previous Welsh secretary John Redwood, who was unable to sing the Welsh national anthem, it was decided that his successor should learn the words.[3] They were married on 19 December 1997, at the Palace of Westminster, and currently reside in Richmond, North Yorkshire.[4]

Career as broadcaster and writer[edit]

She is also a published author best known for her biography of David Lloyd George, entitled The Pain and the Privilege.[5] For S4C, she presented the series Mamwlad[6] (2012),Tri Lle (2010) and Dwy Wraig Lloyd George (2009). She has also presented programmes for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Archipelago, World. "Ffion Hague". HarperCollins UK. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  2. ^ "BBC News | UK | Ffion Jenkins: a passionate Welsh patriot". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  3. ^ a b c "BBC News | UK | Ffion Jenkins: a passionate Welsh patriot". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  4. ^ "My Yorkshire: Ffion Hague". www.yorkshirepost.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  5. ^ "The Pain and the Privilege". www.ffionhague.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  6. ^ "S4C Factual - Mamwlad". www.s4c.cymru. Retrieved 2016-12-08.