Queen Mother’s lady in waiting is going to war on woke

Dec 13, 2020 by

by Ian Gallagher, Mailonline:

Lady Angela Oswald is starting with the slavery-obsessed National Trust which nearly got its hands on her family’s Elizabethan estate.

What was to become of Burghley House, England’s greatest Elizabethan palace?

Turning the question over in his mind, Lord Burghley, the 6th Marquess of Exeter, reflected that it would soon prove too expensive to run. Looming large was the problem of death duties, the bane of nobility.

And yet he needed to preserve his ancestral home for the nation. With a heavy heart, he resolved to bequeath it to the National Trust.

How the Trust bigwigs must have salivated at the prospect. Magnificent 240-room Burghley near Stamford in Lincolnshire, for 500 years the residence of the descendants of William Cecil, chief adviser to Elizabeth I, would surely be the jewel in the Trust’s already dazzling crown. Negotiations faltered, however, almost as soon as they began.

[…]  Today, Lady Angela Oswald, one of Lord Burghley’s four daughters, and for many years a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother, is recounting the story of her father’s dilemma not, she says, as a ‘happy ever after’ but because she is making a stand.

She is horrified at the National Trust’s ‘woke’ agenda and, along with the rest of her aristocratic clan, believes it is denigrating the nation’s history and posing a threat to its great houses.

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, she says: ‘Thank heavens Burghley didn’t fall into the hands of the National Trust. It sends shivers down the spine just thinking about it. Given the way things now are, my father would never in a million years consider giving it to them. He would be absolutely appalled.’

Lady Angela, 82, is referring to the controversies surrounding the Trust, in particular placing properties on a Black Lives Matter-inspired list of shame for their links to slavery.

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