Henry Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort

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The Duke of Beaufort
Beaufort in 2012
Personal details
Henry John FitzRoy Somerset

(1952-05-22) 22 May 1952 (age 71)
(m. 1987; div. 2018)
(m. 2018)
  • Robert Somerset, Marquess of Worcester
  • Lady Isabella Somerset
  • Lord Alexander Somerset

Henry John FitzRoy Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort (born 22 May 1952), styled Marquess of Worcester between 1984 and 2017, also known as Harry Beaufort or Bunter Beaufort, is an English peer and landowner with estates in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. He is based at Badminton House.


Beaufort is the son of the 11th Duke of Beaufort and his wife, Lady Caroline Jane Thynne (1928–1995), a daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bath of Longleat House. He and his family are descended in the male line from the House of Plantagenet, through an illegitimate line, although this descent has been questioned after the University of Leicester analysis of the Y chromosomal DNA of Richard III found most living male heirs of the 5th Duke of Beaufort carried a relatively common Y chromosome type different from the rare lineage found in Richard III's remains.

Beaufort was educated at Hawtreys, Eton College, and the Royal Agricultural College.

He is a singer and songwriter with the rock group The Listening Device. This was a support act at the Highclere Rocks concert in 2006, which also featured Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, and Roger Waters.[1]

Since the death of his father, Beaufort is also master of the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt.[2]

Personal life[edit]

His first wife was the environmentalist and former actress Tracy Louise Ward (a sister of Rachel Ward and a granddaughter of William Ward, 3rd Earl of Dudley). They were married on 13 June 1987 at Cornwell, in Oxfordshire, but later separated, and were divorced in 2018. The marriage produced three children:[3]

  • Henry Robert FitzRoy Somerset, Marquess of Worcester, formerly known as Earl of Glamorgan (b. 20 January 1989);[4] married Lucy Eleanor Yorke-Long (b. 23 June 1986), in August 2020.[5] They have one son: Henry, Earl of Glamorgan (b. 28 May 2021)
  • Lady Isabella Elsa Somerset (b. 3 August 1992)[4]
  • Lord Alexander Lorne Somerset (b. 19 November 1993)[4]

On 30 April 2018, Beaufort married secondly Georgia Powell (born 18 February 1969), a granddaughter of the novelist Anthony Powell.[4][6]

Family tree[edit]


Coat of arms of Henry Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort
The coat of arms of the Duke of Beaufort
The coronet of a Duke
A Portcullis Or nailed Azure and chained of the first
Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Azure three Fleurs-de-lys Or (France), 2nd and 3rd, Gules three Lions passant guardant in pale Or (England), all within a Bordure compony Argent and Azure
Dexter: a Panther Argent flames issuing from his mouth and ears proper plain collared and chained Or and semée of Torteaux, Hurts and Pommes alternately
Sinister: a Wyvern with wings endorsed Vert holding in its mouth a Sinister Hand couped at the wrist Gules
Mutare vel timere sperno (Latin for "I scorn to change or to fear")


  1. ^ Countryside Alliance: Ferry joins Clapton and Waters for rock benefit Archived 21 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine, politics.co.uk, 13 April 2006. Accessed 25 April 2008.
  2. ^ Duke of Beaufort's Hunt Contact List, beauforthunt.com, accessed 21 June 2021
  3. ^ Google Groups — Peerage News
  4. ^ a b c d Susan Morris, Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage 2019 (2020), p. 3,290
  5. ^ Annabelle Spranklen, The Marquess of Worcester ties the knot with fiancée Lucy Yorke-Long in small ceremony at Badminton House: Love is in the heir, Tatler, 2 September 2020
  6. ^ Duke of Beaufort marries Georgia Powell dated Tuesday, 1 May 2018 at Peerage News online, accessed 5 August 2018

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Peerage of England
Preceded by Duke of Beaufort
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
The Duke of Beaufort
Succeeded by