I had planned to write something “proper” today. But I was knocked for six by the news that Deborah Cavendish, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, has died, aged 94. The youngest Mitford, she was the last of her generation.
I didn’t know the Dowager Duchess, but I feel kind of like I do. I adore her sister Nancy’s books and have been fascinated by the Mitford sisters’ exploits since I was young, as a result of reading those novels.
I read Deborah’s memoir Wait for Me a few years ago; it’s clear that Nancy was not the only wit in that family.
I’m not going to write an obituary – I’ll leave that to the people who knew her best. All I will say is: Rest in Peace.