Downton Abbey’s real countess, Lady Carnarvon, charms HoustoniansLady Fiona Carnarvon
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“Downton Abbey’s days are numbered, but life at Highclere Castlecontinues.
News surfaced this week that the upcoming season for the popular PBS series will be the last. But the mistress of the castle where the beloved series is set says that public tours are sold out for the next two years and a whole host of activities are planned to satisfy the cravings of fans.
Lady Fiona Carnarvon recently hopped over the pond for her first visit to Houston, where she regaled more than 300 guests at a Highclere Tea at the St. Regis Hotel with stories of the castle’s fabled history. Speaking without notes for more than an hour, the Countess of Carnarvon traced the lineage of her husband’s family — she’s the wife of George Herbert, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon — and the glorious history of the estate where the series is filmed.
Lynn Wyatt hosted the tea, which raised more than $100,000 for the Houston Public Media Foundation.”
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