Hugh van Cutsem
|Hugh van Cutsem|
|Born||21 July 1941|
|Died||2 September 2013(aged 72)|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Spouse(s)||Emilie Quarles van Ufford|
|Children||Edward van Cutsem
Hugh Ralph van Cutsem
Nicholas van Cutsem
William van Cutsem
|Parent(s)||Bernard van Cutsem
|Relatives||Jonkheer Pieter Quarles van Ufford (father-in-law)|
Hugh van Cutsem (21 July 1941 – 2 September 2013) was an English landowner, banker, businessman, and horse-breeder.
Hugh Bernard Edward van Cutsem was born on 21 July 1941. His father, Bernard van Cutsem (1916–1975), was a millionaire horse trainer and breeder. His mother was Mary Compton. The van Cutsems were Roman Catholic of Flemish origin who had moved to England in the nineteenth century. He was educated at Sunningdale School and Ampleforth College, a Roman Catholic boarding school in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, and graduated from the University of Cambridge. He then served as an officer in the Life Guards.
Van Cutsem inherited his father's stud Northmore Farm in Exning near Newmarket, Suffolk in 1976. He also owned a 4,000-acre estate in Norfolk, best known for its private wild game shoots. In 2001, the estate had thirty-five pairs of Stone-curlews, a very rare bird. On top of this, he owned a hunting lodge and grouse moor on the North Yorkshire-Cumbria border. In the 1990s, he sold his father's farm in Exning and purchased the Hilborough estate, where he transferred his horsebreeding operations. In 1994, he won a Country Landowners' Association for his restoration of an old barn on the Hilborough estate; Prince Charles presented the award.
He was a founding member of the Countryside Movement, a conservationist non-profit organization. He was also a significant fundraiser for the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, a British charity highlighting game and wildlife management for the benefit of conservation. Moreover, he served as Chairman of the Countryside Business Trust. He was also elected to the Council of the National Trust.
On 10 June 1971, he married Emilie Quarles van Ufford, who was born in the Netherlands and a daughter of Jonkheer Pieter Quarles van Ufford, at Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks. They had four sons:
- Edward Bernard Charles van Cutsem (born 1973); married Lady Tamara Katherine Grosvenor, daughter of Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster and Natalia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster in 2004; they have two sons and a daughter:
- Hugh Ralph van Cutsem (born 1974); married Rose Nancy Langhorne Astor, daughter of David Waldorf Astor (a grandson of Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor) and Clare Pamela St. John in 2005; they have three children:
- Nicholas Peter Geoffrey van Cutsem (born 1977); married Alice C. Hadden-Paton, daughter of former Cavalry officer Nigel Hadden-Paton, and sister of actor Harry Hadden-Paton, on 14 August 2009.
- William Henry van Cutsem (born 1979); was educated at Ampleforth College and is married to Rosanna Ruck-Keene on 11 May 2013. He is godfather to Prince George of Cambridge.
The family rented Anmer Hall in Anmer, Norfolk on the Queen's Sandringham estate for ten years. They later moved into a neo-Palladian mansion designed by architect Francis Johnson in Hilborough, on their estate.
A devout Roman Catholic, he built a chapel near his Hilborough residence for family occasions, with visiting priests. However, he also regularly attended Mass at Our Lady of Pity in Swaffham with his family. In 1993, he was appointed a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
He was a friend of Charles, Prince of Wales since university. His son Edward, whose godfather was Prince Charles, was a pageboy at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. His granddaughter, Grace van Cutsem, was a flower-girl at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.
Van Cutsem died on 2 September 2013, aged 72. His funeral took place in the Brentwood Cathedral and was conducted by Thomas McMahon, Bishop of Brentwood. Each of his four sons also gave a reading; Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor read the prayer of commendation; the choir sang "Pie Jesu". It was attended by the Prince of Wales; his sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry; and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; together with Andrew Parker Bowles; Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester; Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester; Ralph Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland; Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster; Natalia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster; and Lady Tamara Grosvenor.
- Gordon Cramb, Hugh van Cutsem, countryman, 1941-2013, The Financial Times, 6 September 2013
- Hugh van Cutsem, The Daily Telegraph, 3 September 2013
- "The Peerage: Hugh Bernard Edward van Cutsem". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
- ‘van CUTSEM, Hugh Bernard Edward’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016
- Martin Robinson, 'He's been hit very hard': Prince Charles is in mourning after his close friend Hugh Van Cutsem dies, The Daily Mail, 4 September 2013
- Martin Robinson, Sombre Prince Charles joined by William, Harry and Camilla at the funeral of his closest friend Hugh van Cutsem, The Daily Mail, 11 September 2013
- Josh Duboff, William and Harry Join Prince Charles at Funeral of His Closest Friend, Vanity Fair, 11 September 2013
- "The Peerage: Edward Bernard Charles van Cutsem". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
- "The Peerage: Hugh Ralph van Cutsem". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
- "The Peerage: Nicholas Peter Geoffrey van Cutsem". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
- "The Peerage: William Henry van Cutsem". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
- "Pigeon Management Team website". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
- Gordon Rayner, Prince George christening: profiles of the godparents, The Daily Telegraph, 23 October 2013
- Catherine Ostler, Rebecca English, Meet the godparents: Kate and William's closest friends are chosen for key role as George's spiritual guardians, The Daily Mail, 24 October 2013.
- Martin Robinson, One requires a conservatory! Wills and Kate set to join Middle Britain with glass-roofed extension at new Sandringham home as aides apply for planning permission, The Daily Mail, 1 October 2013