George Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford

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George Spencer-Churchill
Marquess of Blandford
Full name
George John Godolphin Spencer-Churchill
Born (1992-07-28) 28 July 1992 (age 26)
London
Spouse(s)
Camilla Thorp (m. 2018)
FatherJames Spencer-Churchill, 12th Duke of Marlborough
MotherRebecca Few Brown

George John Godolphin Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford (born 28 July 1992), styled as the Earl of Sunderland until 2014, is a British aristocrat and polo player. He is a model and brand ambassador for La Martina, an Argentinean polo clothing and equipment company.[1] He is the heir apparent to the Dukedom of Marlborough.

Early life and family[edit]

He is the son of Jamie Spencer-Churchill, 12th Duke of Marlborough and his first wife, Rebecca Mary Few Brown.[2] Lord Blandford is a distant relative of the wartime prime minister Winston Churchill (first cousin of his great-great-grandfather) and of Diana, Princess of Wales (his 4th cousin once removed). He is also a descendant of Consuelo Vanderbilt.

He and his family are notable for being involved in a high-profile legal dispute around 1993, when his paternal grandfather (the 11th Duke of Marlborough) sought to disinherit Lord Blandford's father.[3] Since his father has had a controversial past, including serving time in jail for forging prescriptions and road rage, Lord Blandford was announced as the financial beneficiary of his grandfather's estate.[4] His inheritance was to include Blenheim Palace, a 187-room mansion set on 2,000 acres in Oxfordshire.[5][6]

Education and subsequent activities[edit]

He was educated at Harrow School, where he was captain of the school's polo team.[7] From 2011 to 2014, he attended University College London, where he studied urbanisation.[8] In March 2015, he started working as an aviation broker at JLT Group in London.[9]

He began serving as a brand ambassador for the "La Martina" brand of polo clothes and accessories in 2015.[10] His "Blenheim Polo Team" plays at Cirencester Park Polo Club in Gloucestershire.

Marriage[edit]

Lord Blandford married Camilla Elizabeth Antonia Thorp (now titled Marchioness of Blandford), a descendant of the Tempest baronets of Tong, Yorkshire,[11][12] on 8 September 2018 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Woodstock.

Attendees of the wedding included Lady Violet Manners, Lord Bamford and Lady Bamford, Andrew Parker-Bowles, Lord Milford Haven, Harry Edwards, Monty Parker & Willo Hackett.

Ancestry[edit]

Lord Blandford is of direct male-lineage of Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prince Harry second best to Churchill's nephew in polo battle of most eligible bachelors". Daily Express. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  2. ^ "The 12th Duke of Marlborough". Tatler. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Duke's Suit Seeks To Divide A Son, Fortune". Chicago Tribune. 2 August 1993. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Blandford sent back to prison over road-rage attack on driver". The Independent. 10 September 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Magnificent Obsession". Vanity Fair. June 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ Roy, Amit (13 August 2007). "Empire strikes back at 'racist' aristocrat". The India Telegraph. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Interview with George Spencer Churchill". POLO+10. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  8. ^ "The Aristocrats, Channel 4: 'You don't want to be the one who screws up'". The Telegraph. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  9. ^ "George Blandford profile". www.linkedin.com. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  10. ^ "Ambassadors of Polo". La Martina. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  11. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 2003, vol. 1, p. 1152
  12. ^ http://announcements.telegraph.co.uk/engagements/219322/the-marquess-of-blandford-and-miss-c.-thorp