Sophie, Countess of Wessex, celebrated her birthday yesterday at Lord Montagu of Beaulieu’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey.
The Countess spent her special day remembering her late friend, joining other friends and a guest of around 600. Others at the service included motor racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart and veteran broadcaster Nicholas Parsons.
The service was one of thanksgiving to remember Edward Montagu. The third Baron of Montagu of Beaulieu founded his legendary museum at his estate in the New Forest, Hampshire in 1972.
Sophie talked to Lord Montagu, the late Lord’s eldest son, who inherited his title and estate.
A statement was released at the time of the Lord’s death being: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Edward, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu. He died peacefully at his home on August 31st 2015, aged 88, after a short illness.
“He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Fiona, his son and heir Ralph, 54, daughter Mary, 51, and second son Jonathan, 39.
“In accordance with his wishes, the estate and visitor attractions are continuing to operate as usual. An estate funeral will be held at Beaulieu, followed by a memorial service at St Margaret’s, Westminster for his friends in London and further afield. The dates of these are to be advised.”