Tributes flood in to Lady Anne Bentinck

TRIBUTES are being paid to Lady Anne Bentinck of the Welbeck Estate who died on 29th December aged 92.

Lady Anne, who was ranked 511th on the Times Rich List in 2008, was the eldest daughter of the seventh Duke of Portland.

A spokesman for Welbeck Estates has paid tribute to both her personal touch and public spirit.

"She carried out extraordinary acts of personal generosity with a minimum of fuss," she said.

"Houses were bought, pictures or works of art loaned or gifted and children's education unobtrusively paid for, among countless other kindnesses."

"She was famously forthright, funny and practical, a devastatingly gifted mimic, and would have no truck with pomposity or preciousness."

Lady Anne was born Alexandra Margaret Anne Cavendish Bentinck on 6th September 1916 to parents Marquess of Titchfield K.G. and his wife Ivy Gordon-Lennox.

Her father was Conservative MP for Newark in the Commons from 1922 until he became a duke in 1943.

With a long history of riding in the family, Lady Anne was a keen rider

and was even out following the Grove and Rufford hunt at their November meeting in Carburton.

Bill Eastwood, secretary of the hunt, said: "She has been a friend to the hunt all her life and is a very skilled huntsman."

"She rode and hunted sidesaddle. For about 20 years she had her own private hunt on the Welbeck Estate - the Rufford harriers."

"She will be greatly missed by everyone involved with the hunt."

She was also president of the Notts St. John's Ambulance Brigade, and of Portland College.

Lady Anne was also involved with charity work and helped establish the Harley Foundation - an arts educational charity named after her great ancestor and collector, Edward Harley.

She was well-known for refusing to let old age slow her down, and continued to drive her small jeep on private estate roads until just a few days before her death.

She never married and is survived by her beloved younger sister Lady Margaret's son William Parente, his wife Alison and their children Joseph and Daisy.