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Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon, of Tutankhamun fame

Based on William Cross's best selling biography "The Life and Secrets of of Almina Carnarvon", published in 2011. Lady Almina was the chatelaine of Highclere Castle, Hampshire 1895-1923. Highclere Castle is used as a backdrop to ITV's Downton Abbey.

One day in May of 1969, an ambulance raced to number 19, Hampton Road, Bristol, an unremarkable terraced house, where a housekeeper had found her 93-year-old mistress choking on a piece of gristle from a homemade chicken stew. The unconscious woman was rushed to Frenchay Hospital, but all efforts to revive her failed, and she died soon after. The deceased was no mere statistic of nonagenarian mortality, and no ordinary citizen of Bristol. She was Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, widow of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, the aristocrat-adventurer who, with sidekick Howard Carter, discovered and emptied the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt‟s Valley of the Kings, and whose untimely death is believed by many to be evidence of a curse of the pharaohs. But the 5th Countess of Carnarvon was much more than the legendry Earl‟s wife. Almina was a well-known figure in her own right in London society: one of the last great eccentric aristocrats of the 19th and 20th centuries; a pioneer in nursing; and quite possibly a descendent of one of the richest, most powerful families in European history, and the mother of a son whose true bloodline may show that the family still have an additional ancestor to declare. What follows is the as yet untold story of a daughter, a wife, a mother, a lady, a Countess, and a long and colourful life.


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Date and Time:

20 July 2015 at 1:00 pm


2 hours



Gwent NHS Retirement Fellowship Club
Greenmeadow Golf and Country Club
Tre-Herbert Rd,Croesyceiliog
Cwmbran, Gwent
NP44 2BZ

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William Cross, FSA Scot
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William Cross, FSA Scot is the author of FIVE books featuring the life and times of the Carnarvons of Highclere Castle, the backdrop to TV's Downton Abbey

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