Henry FitzRoy, 12th Duke of Grafton
The Duke of Grafton
|Born||6 April 1978|
Henry Oliver Charles FitzRoy, 12th Duke of Grafton (born 6 April 1978), known as Harry Grafton, is an English peer and music promoter. He inherited the Dukedom of Grafton from his grandfather, Hugh FitzRoy, 11th Duke of Grafton, on 7 April 2011. He is also a direct male-line descendant of Charles II of England.
His ancestor Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton (1663–1690), was a bastard of King Charles II by his mistress Barbara Villiers. Grafton shares the surname FitzRoy (meaning "son of the king") with other natural lines descended from Charles II.
From 2002 to 2004 Viscount Ipswich, as the Duke was then known, worked in the United States in music business management, as a radio host in Nashville, Tennessee, and in 2005–2006 as a merchandise co-ordinator for the Rolling Stones on the A Bigger Bang tour.
In 2007, he moved to London and in 2009, due to the death of his father, returned to Suffolk to help manage the 10,000-acre (40 km2) Euston Hall estate. He also gained the courtesy title of Earl of Euston, but decided to remain as Viscount Ipswich.
On 7 April 2011, the 11th Duke of Grafton died, aged 92, and his grandson the present Duke succeeded to the peerages and estates. He currently promotes live music events while modernising the farms of the estate.
Marriage and issue
- Alfred James Charles FitzRoy, Earl of Euston, heir apparent, born 26 December 2012
- Lady Rosetta Christina Clare FitzRoy, born 20 July 2015
- Lord Ralph Simon Lennox FitzRoy, born 16 March 2017
The Grafton coat of arms includes Charles II's royal arms crossed by a baton sinister. It is an accurate coat as the male lineage is royal and is quartered since the union of crowns and is only in non-succession to these due to illegitimacy.
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