Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk

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The Duke of Norfolk

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Portrait by Allan Warren
Earl Marshal
Assumed office
24 June 2002
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byThe 17th Duke of Norfolk
Personal details
Born (1956-12-02) 2 December 1956 (age 63)
Georgina Gore (m. 1987)
EducationAmpleforth College
Alma materLincoln College, Oxford
TitleDuke of Norfolk
Tenure 24 June 2002 – present
Other titlesEarl of Arundel (1975–2002)
PredecessorMiles Stapleton-Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk
HeirHenry Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel

Edward William Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk, DL (born 2 December 1956), styled Earl of Arundel between 1975 and 2002, is a British peer who holds the office of Earl Marshal. As Duke of Norfolk, he is the most senior lay peer in the peerage of England.

Background and education[edit]

Norfolk is the son of Miles Francis Stapleton Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk, and his wife Anne Mary Teresa Constable-Maxwell.[1] He was educated at Ampleforth College, a Roman Catholic independent school,[1] and then attended Lincoln College, Oxford.[1]

He has a brother, Lord Gerald, and three sisters, including the actress Marsha Fitzalan.


Norfolk worked with various companies, and from 2000 to 2002 was Deputy Earl Marshal. Upon the death of his father in 2002, he inherited the late Duke of Norfolk's peerages and the position of Earl Marshal.[2] He was a Cub Scout whilst at school at Ampleforth College and currently holds two appointments in the Scout Movement. He was until 2010 the President of 1st Arundel (Earl of Arundel's Own) Scout Group, and is still the president of the Arundel & Littlehampton District Scouts. He is also patron of West Sussex County Scouts. In June 2003 he was awarded the Medal of Merit for Services to the Scout Movement. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge.[3]

Personal life[edit]

The 18th Duke, outside Carlton Towers, by Allan Warren

He is a Roman Catholic. The Duke, then Earl of Arundel, married Georgina Susan Gore on 27 June 1987 at Arundel Cathedral.[1] Together, they have three sons and two daughters:

  • Henry Miles Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel (3 December 1987) he married Cecilia dei Conti Colacicchi on 16 July 2016. They have two daughters.
  • Lady Rachel Fitzalan-Howard (10 June 1989)
  • Lord Thomas Fitzalan-Howard (14 March 1992)
  • Lady Isabel Fitzalan-Howard (7 February 1994)
  • Lord Philip Fitzalan-Howard (14 July 1996)


Arms of the Duke of Norfolk

In 2002, he inherited the Dukedom of Norfolk, as well as a number of earldoms, baronies, hereditary offices, and titles attached to the Dukedom, from his father. His office of Earl Marshal, one of the Great Officers of State, makes him responsible for State occasions, such as coronations[4][5] and the State Opening of Parliament. He is also, by virtue of this office, one of the hereditary judges of the Court of Chivalry and head of the College of Arms, responsible for heraldry in England and Wales as well as other parts of the Commonwealth of Nations.

List of peerages[edit]

List of hereditary offices[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Dod's Parliamentary Companion. Vacher Dod Publishing, Limited. 2004. p. 666. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  2. ^ Gordon Casely (27 June 2002). "Obituary: The Duke of Norfolk". The Herald. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
  3. ^ "St Edmund's College - University of Cambridge". www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Prince Charles coronation planned in Britain". Reality TV World. United Press International. 26 December 2004. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
  5. ^ Morgan, Christopher; Hellen, Nicholas (26 December 2004). "Charles plans his modern coronation". The Sunday Times.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The 17th Duke of Norfolk
Earl Marshal
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Miles Stapleton-Fitzalan-Howard
Duke of Norfolk
Order of precedence in England and Wales
Preceded by
The Marquess of Cholmondeley
as Lord Great Chamberlain
Earl Marshal
Succeeded by
The Earl of Dalhousie
as Lord Steward
Order of precedence in Scotland
Preceded by
The Duke of Argyll
as Master of the Household
in Scotland
Duke of Norfolk
Succeeded by
The Duke of Somerset
Order of precedence in Northern Ireland
Preceded by
The Marquess of Cholmondeley
as Lord Great Chamberlain
Earl Marshal
Succeeded by
The Duke of Somerset