“You shouldn’t call the Duke ‘Your Grace,’ you know.”
It was 2005. Lady Soames was coaching me on a letter to her cousin the Duke of Marlborough, asking (again) for the lease (at a friend-of-the-family discount) of the Great Hall at Blenheim Palace for a black tie dinner crowning the 2006 Churchill Tour.
“What should I call him, then? I can’t call him ‘Sunny,’ as you do!” (The family nickname stemmed from one of the Duke’s early titles, Earl of Sunderland.)
“Of course not. But ‘Your Grace’ is too formal, or for servants.…