It was with great sadness that I learned just before Christmas of the death of Henry, 3rd Earl Kitchener on 16th December 2011.
As previously mentioned I have an interest as one of the trustees of the Lord Kitchener Memorial Holiday Centre. Lord Kitchener had only been our patron for a relatively short time, after the death of our previous patron HRH Princess Alice, but he had been a vice-patron and a stalwart supporter of the Centre at Lowestoft for a number of years.
The trustees were very grateful that his family had managed to arrange what turned out to be his final visit to us in September this year and our heartfelt condolences go out to them for their loss. We also have every sympathy with the unfair situation expressed by Julian (Fellowes), Baron Fellowes of of West Stafford, that his wife The Lady Emma, although Lord Kitchener’s niece and legal heir, cannot inherit the title as 4th Countess under current legislation.