Meet the Real Mistress of Downton Abbey, Lady Carnarvon: This Year’s Antiques and Garden Show’s Keynote Speaker

ladyMore than 12 million viewers in the U.K. alone have seen her home, but few have seen the real mistress of the English castle featured in the PBS hit television series, Downton Abbey. We are thrilled to announce that the people of Middle Tennessee will be the first Americans to meet Lady Carnarvon – the eighth Countess of Carnarvon and mistress of Highclere Castle, the stunning Victorian castle where Downton Abbey recently finished filming its fourth season, which returns to PBS on Jan. 5, 2014.

As wife of George Herbert, eighth Earl of Carnarvon, Lady Carnarvon manages all castle affairs, from the grounds and gardens to the special events that take place at the real-life setting for Downton Abbey

Lady Carnarvon will present the Antiques and Garden Show’s keynote lecture on opening day, Friday, Feb. 7, at 11:30 a.m. She will take us through the history of Highclere Castle and share fascinating stories from diaries, letters and photos kept over the centuries. 

downtonFollowing her presentation, she will hold a signing for her second book about Highclere Castle, Lady Catherine, The Earl and the Real Downton Abbey, which will be released in the U.S. on Oct. 29, 2013. This book is a follow-up to the international bestseller, Lady Almina and the Real Downtown Abbey, and focuses on the remarkable American heiress who came to reign at Highclere Castle in the 1920s.  

“I am much looking forward to my visit to Nashville and am honoured to have been asked to be part of the city’s wonderful Antiques and Garden Show, which I understand will soon celebrate a quarter century,” said Lady Carnarvon. “The American South has long been known for the graciousness of its people and the beauty of its land. I am delighted to be participating in an event that celebrates these ideals, which are also very important to me.”

To purchase tickets to attend Lady Carnarvon’s must-see lecture, click here.  

Stay tuned for more exciting details about this year’s Antiques and Garden Show in the coming weeks right here on our blog. 


January 30 - February 1, 2015
Friday & Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Preview: January 29 6:30 pm

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