“You mustn’t address him as ‘Your Grace.’”
It was 2005. Lady Soames was helping me write to her cousin the Duke, asking (again) for the lease (at another friend-of-the-family discount) of the Great Hall at Blenheim Palace for a black tie dinner to crown the 13th Churchill Tour.
“What should I call him then? I can’t say ‘Sunny,’ as you do!” (The family nickname stemmed from the Duke’s first title, Earl of Sunderland.)
“Of course not. But ‘Your Grace’ is too formal, or for servants. Why not write, ‘My Dear Duke’?”
“Sounds positively medieval,” I said, drawing a snort from Winston Churchill’s daughter.…