Thursday, July 11, 2013

PBS's Secret Summer-- Secrets of Chatsworth

If you love watching Downton Abbey, are into touring houses or are in love with the royals you have no doubt been watching the PBS Secrets series. If you missed the last two, this Sunday is the final Secret episode, showcasing Chatsworth. 

From PBS:
"In its 500-year history, Chatsworth has been home to some notable inhabitants, among them the 5th Duke of Devonshire, his wife, Lady Georgiana Spencer, and Lady Elizabeth Foster, who lived together in a ménage à trois. King Edward VII enjoyed shooting parties on the estate and was often entertained by Duchess Louisa, one of Britain’s foremost political hostesses. Duchess Louisa’s daughter-in-law, American Consuelo Yznaga del Valle, introduced American heiresses into the British aristocracy; many of these young women married British noblemen. Billy Cavendish, heir of the 10th Duke of Devonshire, wooed and wed Kathleen Kennedy, the sister of future U.S. president John F Kennedy. The marriage was short-lived, however: Billy died in action in World War II four months after they exchanged vows. Four years later, Kathleen died in a plane crash. She was buried at Chatsworth."

There are so many English country homes that are open for viewing and tours, but there are even more that are private. Even so, you get a real behind the scenes look with the PBS Secrets tours. 

The Show airs on PBS on Sunday, July 14, 2013, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET