Death is announced of Anne, Duchess of Norfolk

Anne, Duchess of Norfolk, who has died, aged 85
Anne, Duchess of Norfolk, who has died, aged 85

ARUNDEL Castle has announced the death of Anne, Duchess of Norfolk.

She died peacefully at her home in Oxfordshire on Tuesday (April 8), aged 85, surrounded by her family, including her son, Edward Fitzalan-Howard, the 18th Duke of Norfolk.

A lifelong charity supporter, the Duchess was President of Help the Hospices, the charity which she founded in 1984, to ensure everyone at the end of life has access to the best possible care. For her work with Help the Hospices, the Duchess was appointed CBE in 1992.

Supported by her husband Miles, the 17th Duke of Norfolk, the Duchess was also honorary joint treasurer of Help the Aged (now Age UK) from 1987 and actively campaigned on behalf of the charity.

Born Anne Mary Teresa Constable-Maxwell in 1927, the Duchess was the eldest daughter of Wing-Commander Gerald Constable-Maxwell, a Knight of Malta and a Papal Chamberlain, who descended from the Barons Herries. Her mother was American from Dallas, Texas.

In 1949, she married the Hon Miles Fitzalan-Howard, who was heir to his father, Lord Howard of Glossop, to his mother, Baroness Beaumont, and also to the 16th Duke of Norfolk. He succeeded his mother in 1971, his father in 1972, and his cousin as Duke in 1975. Miles Fitzalan-Howard died in 2002.

The Duchess is survived by her two sons and three daughters including Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk and his family, who live at the family seat of Arundel Castle.

A requiem mass will be held at Arundel Cathedral at noon on Friday, April 19, to which all are welcome, but with a request to contact Sue Kennard, telephone 01903 883400. This will be followed by a private family service at the Fitzalan Chapel within the castle.

As a mark of respect, Arundel Castle will be closed to the public on Friday and will reopen on Saturday, April 20.