Lord Lichfield's quarters at Shugborough Hall to open

Lord Lichfield Lord Lichfield died in 2005

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The private quarters of the late Lord Lichfield at Shugborough Hall are to be opened to the public.

Staffordshire County Council has signed a deal with his family to sub-lease the apartments on the estate in Stafford.

From March, visitors will be able to look around his photographic studio, breakfast room and even master bedroom complete with antique four-poster bed.

Corinne Caddy, from the Shugborough Estate, said the rooms had accommodated some "very famous people".

She said: "It's a grand setting but it's very much a home and I hope by March we will really have a sense of that for visitors to see."

Until now, visitors have only been able to access the state rooms on the ground floor and a small part of the first floor.

Lord Lichfield, the 5th Earl of Lichfield, who was a cousin of the Queen, died in 2005 after suffering a major stroke.

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