Duchess of Rutland and Lady Violet Manners head out for dinner at London private members’ club
- Emma Manners lives with estranged husband Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle
- READ MORE: Lady Violet Manners says ‘male primogeniture is there to sustain’
The Duchess of Rutland stepped out to a London members’ club for dinner accompanied by her eldest daughter last night.
Emma Manners, 60, donned a black coat with white floral appliques for her dinner at Loulou’s Members’ Club with daughter Violet, 30.
The duchess lives in a separate wing of The Crown’s Belvoir Castle from her estranged husband, the Duke of Rutland. She has since found love again and is in a long-term relationship with the castle estate’s manager Phil Burtt.
Joining her for dinner was her daughter Lady Violet Manners – who looked chic in a long black coat and a pair of pinstriped trousers. She finished off the look with some casual white trainers.
The mother-daughter-duo are the brains behind a podcast called Duchess, which explores the heritage of Great Britain and Ireland. Violet came up with the idea while studying in Los Angeles and becoming nostalgic for England.
The Duchess of Rutland stepped out to a London members’ club for dinner accompanied by her eldest daughter last night
Emma Manners, 61, donned a black coat with white floral appliques for her dinner at Loulou’s Members’ Club with daughter Violet, 30 (pictured together)
The duchess pictured in a taxi on the way home from dinner out with daughter Violet – who left in a separate taxi
While out for dinner, the duchess paired her coat with understated black trousers and a leather bag with bamboo-style straps.
She was also seen to be carrying a phone case which appeared to have the late Queen Elizabeth II’s ER symbol on it.
READ MORE: Lady Violet Manners – whose younger brother will inherit The Crown’s Belvoir Castle – says ‘male primogeniture is there to sustain and maintain these places’ and insists it gets ‘complicated when you include the female line’
The pair parted ways after their dinner and headed home in separate taxis.
Emma and Violet’s appearance comes after the duchess turned 60 in September – and held a raucous Swinging Sixties-themed birthday bash at the castle to celebrate.
‘Made it to 60! Wings outstretched,’ she joked on her Instagram account as she shared the image of her ‘crowd-surfing’. ‘Seventy, here I come.’
The month before, the opulent Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire – which has long been the location of choice for popular period dramas including The Crown – was also the starring set for Violet’s 30th birthday.
The Duke of Rutland’s eldest daughter threw a ’13 going on 30′-themed bash in the grounds of the 15,000-acre estate.
Emma has previously said that running the stately home is not ‘all glamour’ and isn’t ‘for the faint-hearted’.
Describing how families at stately homes often have to ‘muck in’, Emma recalled a moment when she had to go onto the roof in her nightdress and wellington boots to pull out two dead pigeons who were blocking the drain.
The duchess, who grew up on a farm near Cardiff, Wales, has called Belvoir Castle home since her June 1992 wedding to David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland.
Last year she revealed she suspects the castle is haunted during an appearance on Lorraine.
While out for dinner, the duchess paired her coat with understated black trousers and a leather bag with bamboo-style straps. She was also seen to be carrying a phone case which appeared to have the late Queen Elizabeth II’s ER symbol on it
Emma Manners appeared in high spirits from festive snaps shared to her Instagram after her lively 60th birthday party at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire
While on the talk show in September 2022, Emma said she heard bagpipes late at night coming up the lift shaft of the castle. The socialite admitted ‘there’s things you can’t explain’ in their residence.
Belvoir Castle has formed the backdrop for scenes in Young Victoria in 2007, The Da Vinci Code and The Crown – where Matt Smith and Claire Foy filmed in one of the opulent rooms at Belvoir Castle, which stood in for Windsor Castle.
The 356 room castle is themed around classic opulence dating back to the 1700s when it was first restored, with the bedrooms boasting four poster beds, rich tapestries, fur rugs and fireplaces.
And the opulent interiors don’t stop there, with bathrooms boasting marble tops, dressing tables, intricate wallpaper and the modern touch of his and hers sinks.
Dinner parties are fit for a king, taking place at tables stretching across a whole hall, surrounded by fireplaces, candelabras and giant portraits of ancestors.
A grand library, complete with oriental carpets and chandeliers is described in one previous social media post by Emma as her ‘favourite afternoon spot’.
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