The 12th Duke of Beaufort has announced he will divorce his first wife of 30 years and remarry in spring next year and both wives will be Duchesses due to an aristocratic protocol.
The self-proclaimed 'rock god' broke the news at his annual hunt ball in front of 800 guests after a lengthy separation from the current Duchess, formerly actress Tracy Ward.
She will be allowed to use the title Tracy, Duchess of Beaufort, while journalist and prospective wife Georgia Powell will become Duchess of Beaufort. Adding to the confusion, the Duke's stepmother is officially addressed as Miranda, Duchess of Beaufort, after becoming the 11th Duke's second wife.
The Duke, left, will marry journalist Georgia Powell, right, after announcing to his hunt guests that he is divorcing the current Duchess
Joint master of the Duke of Beaufort hunt, Captain Ian Farquhar, announced the 2018 wedding to guests including the 65-year-old Duke, the wife he'll soon be divorced from and the woman who'll soon be his second wife, according to The Telegraph.
The Duke, whose fortune is estimated at £315 million and plays in a rock band, said last night: 'I can confirm that we are engaged and we will be getting married in the spring.'
Public documents using the Duke's official name, Henry John Fitzroy Somerset, show he and the current Duchess were issued a decree of judicial separation by family courts at the end of July.
On August 16, the 11th Duke died, leaving his eldest son to inherit the 52,000-acre estate - including Badminton House - and the title, which was created by Charles II in 1682.
The Duke's estate includes Badminton House, where the sport was invented in 1863. The 52,000-acre estate was inherited by the Duke when his father died on August 16
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