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Monday, 1 April 2013

Britain's first black marchioness

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His father might be famous for his harem of 'wifelets' but Ceawlin Thynne, Viscount Weymouth and son of the notorious Marquess of Bath is taking a more conventional approach to marriage.
But his wife-to-be is anything but the typical aristocratic bride. Not only is artist Emma McQuiston the daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon, she's a former actress and celebrity chef.
Yet despite the 26-year-old's impressive CV, the soon-to-be marchioness has admitted that her presence at Longleat has raised eyebrows among some elements of the aristocracy.

Emma McQuiston


Watch out Pippa! McQuiston shares her love of all things food and plenty of recipes on her blog

'There has been some snobbishness, particularly among the older generation,' she revealed.
'There's class and then there's the racial thing. It's a jungle and I'm going through it and discovering things as I grow up.

    'I'm not super-easily offended but it's a problem when someone's making you feel different or separate because of your race, or forming an opinion about you before they even know you.'
    Love: McQuiston first met the Viscount of Weymouth when she was just four years old
    Love: McQuiston first met the Viscount of Weymouth when she was just four years old
    Love: McQuiston first met the Viscount of Weymouth when she was just four years old
    Cover girl: McQuiston is on the cover of the May issue of Tatler and gave an interview to the society magazine
    The daughter of Oxford graduate, Ladi Jadesimi, McQuiston grew up in the rolling Wiltshire countryside and has long been part of her future husband's circle, first meeting him when she was just four years old.
    So familiar with Longleat is she, McQuiston even made the state rooms the subject of a dissertation she wrote at 18.
    'I've always loved it here,' she says of the house. 'I would see Ceawlin at Christmas, Easter and family get-togethers.'
    After studying history of art at University College London, she became an actress before reinventing herself as a celebrity chef with her own internet television show.
    McQuiston also has her own food blog in which she charts her passion for eating, posting a stream of photos of herself posing with the unusual food and drink she unearths.
    More recently, her blog has taken on a distinctly romantic flavour with McQuiston happily posting photos of herself and her fiance on holiday at Disneyland, as well as writing of wedding dress fittings with her mother.
    Love: The Viscount of Weymouth proposed during a romantic trip to Disneyland, according to McQuiston

    Future home: McQuiston will become the chatelaine of the stunning Longleat House after she marries
    Future home: McQuiston will become the chatelaine of the stunning Longleat House after she marries
    Glamorous: McQuiston has led an interesting life, including stints as an actress and TV presenter

    Heir: Emma's husband-to-be, the Viscount of Weymouth, is heir to the palatial Longleat House

    One person who clearly isn't worried is McQuiston's 38-year-old husband-to-be, who proposed after just 18 months.

    'We'd been to a party and in the middle of the night he woke me up to ask me,' McQuiston revealed of the proposal in an interview with Tatler magazine.
    'I made him do it again and again until it sunk in.' 
    Future marchioness: Emma McQuiston with the Viscount of Weymouth at a private screening of Skyfall
    Future marchioness: Emma McQuiston with the Viscount of Weymouth at a private screening of Skyfall

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