Friday, January 7, 2022

Lady Tatiana Mountbatten engaged to Alick Dru

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 Lady Tatiana Mountbatten and Alick Dru are engaged to marry.  The announcement was made on Lady Tatiana's Instagram account. The couple got engaged in Verbier, Switzerland. 

all three photos courtesy of Lady Tatiana Mountbatten

Lady Tatiana Helen Georgia is the daughter of George Ivar Louis Mountbatten, the 4th Marquess of Milford Haven, and his first wife, Sarah Georgina Walker.   Alexander Bernard Molyneux Dru is the son of Auberon Alexander Bernard Dru and Catherine Margaret Norden, who were married in West Somerset in 1989.

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 The bride-to-be is a descendant of Queen Victoria.  She was born at the Portland Hospital in London on April 16, 1990, and has a younger brother, Henry, Earl of Medina, who is the heir apparent to the Milford Haven Marquessate.  Her paternal grandfather, David, 3rd Marquess, was a first cousin of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and served as Philip's best man when he married the future Queen Elizabeth II in 1947.

The Duke of Cambridge and Lady Tatiana are 3rd and 5th  cousins.  Both relationships are through Victoria.  The third cousin relationship is through Victoria's third child, Princess Alice:

Alice - Victoria - Alice - Philip - Charles - William 

Alice- Victoria  George - David -George - Tatiana

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Queen Victoria - Alice - Victoria - George - David - George - Tatiana

She made her debut in 2007.   Since 2019, she has been the brand ambassador for Crofton & Hall, described as  "quintessentially British fashion". That same year she was banned from driving as she had three speeding convictions within ten days in her 4x4 Porsche Macan.  She appeared in court to state that a driving ban would have a "significant hardship" as she runs an equestrian business and would have no other way to drive to her business, which is an hour from her London home.  Her lawyer told the court that she would have to "beg, borrow and steal" to be able to get to her business.  "The defendant is self-employed as a professional horse trainer.  Of course, she is the author of her own misfortune and she must bear the circumstances.  But there is a knock-on effect."

Lady Tatiana was fined 450 pounds and was unable to drive for 6 months. She also had to pay £85 in court costs.

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Lady Tatiana lived in Denmark for five years and speaks Danish, Swedish, and German.  "But I can only talk about horses," she told Tatler in August 2017.  Two years earlier, she said that she was not aiming for the Olympics, "but I do want to start competing at World Cup level." 

Her first love is horses.  The Millfield-educated Lady Tatiana, who is known as Tatty,  runs her own "smart horse yard"  "I spend every day doing what I love more than anything in the world: riding horses."  She is also a professional dressage rider." 

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 Alexander"Alick" Dru was born on August 25, 1991.

Times  August 28, 1991

  He was educated at Eton and went on to attend Oxford University where he received a degree in history in 2014.  His father, Bernard is the youngest of four children (and only son) of  Major Alexander Dru and Gabriel Mary Hermione Herbert, the eldest child of the Hon. Aubrey Nigel Henry Molyneux Herbert and Hon. Mary Gertrude Vesey, the only child of the 4th Viscount de Vesci.  

Aubrey was the son of Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon, and his second wife, Elizabeth Catherine Howard.

Alick and two friends of Oxford founded Tripr, a social travel app, for "travellers [who] would want to meet other travellers, as well as their friends."    He is now the founder of a Stealth Startup.

Bernard and Catherine run Bernard Dru Oak Ltd, which produces and installs high-quality oak flooring, "sustainably sourced" from woodlands in the Haddeo Valley.    They live in Bickham Manor in Timberscome, Somerset.

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