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Meet Britain's First Black Marchioness

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Meet Emma McQuiston, 26-year-old daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon, former actress and "celebrity chef." She is engaged to Ceawlin Thynne, Viscount of Weymouth. His father is the "notorious" Marquess of Bath. His home, — Longleat House, a 100,000 acre estate — is pretty close to being Downton Abbey, except there's a safari and adventure park on the grounds. It will soon be Emma's home. When she marries Thynne, she will be the UK's first black marchioness. This ranking is above a countess, but below a duchess, FYI. The order goes like this: Dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, and barons. In addition to healthy recipes, Emma likes cute manicures and feeding giraffes.


In regards to being black royalty, McQuiston says: "There has been some snobbishness, particularly among the older generation." She adds: "I have never had anything horrible said or happen to me… But it is something you sense."

[Daily Mail]

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Also important: get a load of her future father-in-law, the current Lord Bath! Sometimes he wears Renaissance hats (but not in this picture).

ETA: Oops, I'm sorry, not "current"- he died in 1992.

ETA: Or not?? His Wiki page is really confusing, he may still be alive.