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Duke Of Westminster

Sue Lawley's castaway is Gerald Grosvenor, the Duke Of Westminster.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the sixth Duke of Westminster. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the responsibilities and pleasures of being one of the country's richest men. Having enjoyed an idyllic childhood on the banks of Loch Ern in County Fermanagh, it was a rude shock to be transplanted to an English prep school at the age of seven. The comparatively early death of his father then meant that by the time he was just 19 he was managing one of Britain's greatest estates, and by 27 he owned it. He'll be discussing the pleasures and the perils of his position, why he is no longer a member of the Conservative Party and his hopes and dreams for his four-year-old son and heir, Hugh.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Albatross by Fleetwood Mac
Book: Through Russian Snows by G A Henty
Luxury: Telescope

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40 minutes

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Fri 7 Jul 1995 09:05

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  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Fleetwood Mac

      Albatross

      • 30 Years Of Number Ones - Vol 5.
      • Connoisseur Collection.
  • Clannad

    Theme From Harry's Game

    • Horizons (Innovative Instrumentals).
    • K-Tel.
  • Elton John

    Nikita

    • Hits Of 85 And 86 - Various Artists.
    • Polydor.
  • Gerry & The Pacemakers

    Ferry Across The Mersey

    • The British Invasion Vol 4.
    • Rhino.
  • César Franck

    Panis Angelicus

    Soloist: Luciano Pavarotti Orchestra: The National Philharmonic Orchestra

    • The Pavarotti Collection.
    • Stylus.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) (from Nabucco)

    Orchestra: The Vienna State Opera and Chorus Conductor: Constant Lamberto Gardelli

    • Famous Opera Choruses.
    • Decca.
  • Johann Strauss I

    Radetzky March

    Orchestra: The Berlin Radio Symphony Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay

    • Strauss: Waltzes And Polkas.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Wings

    Mull Of Kintyre

    • The Best Christmas Ever!.
    • Virgin.
  • Book Choice

    • Through Russian Snows - G A Henty

  • Luxury Choice

    • Telescope

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Interviewed Guest Duke Of Westminster

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