Henry Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort

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His Grace
The Duke of Beaufort
Personal details
Born (1952-05-22) 22 May 1952 (age 65)
Spouse(s) Tracy Louise Ward (m. 1987)
  • Robert Somerset, Marquess of Worcester
  • Lady Isabella Somerset
  • Lord Alexander Somerset

Henry John FitzRoy Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort (born 22 May 1952), also known as Bunter Worcester,[1] is a British peer.


The duke is the son of David Somerset, 11th Duke of Beaufort and Lady Caroline Jane Thynne (1928–1995), daughter of Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath. He and his family are descended in the male line from the House of Plantagenet, through an illegitimate line

Beaufort was educated at Hawtreys, Eton College, and the Royal Agricultural College. He married environmentalist and former actress Tracy Louise Ward (a sister of Rachel Ward and a great-granddaughter of William Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley) on 13 June 1987 at Cornwell Manor, in Oxfordshire. The marriage has produced three children:

  • (Henry) Robert FitzRoy Somerset,[2] Marquess of Worcester (b. 20 January 1989 – also known as Bobby Worcester)
  • Lady Isabella Elsa Somerset (b. 3 August 1992) – also known as Bella Somerset)
  • Lord Alexander Lorne Somerset[2] (b. 19 November 1993 (London) – also known as Jordan Somerset)

Beaufort is also a singer and songwriter with rock group The Listening Device. The band was a support act at the Highclere Rocks concert in 2006 that also featured Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, and Roger Waters, amongst others.[3]




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Peerage of England
Preceded by
David Somerset
Duke of Beaufort
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Grafton
The Duke of Beaufort
Succeeded by
The Duke of St Albans