Explore the history of Chatsworth and the Devonshire family

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21st Century

Peregrine Cavendish, 12th Duke of Devonshire (b. 1944)

The 12th Duke of Devonshire succeeded his father in 2004. He married Amanda Heywood-Lonsdale (b. 1944) in 1967 and they have three children, William, Earl of Burlington (b.1969), Lady Celina (b. 1971) and Lady Jasmine (b. 1973), and ten grandchildren.

The Duke and Duchess, and their son, Lord Burlington, share a passion for collecting contemporary art and sculpture. Many of these works of art are displayed around the house and gardens for the visitors to enjoy alongside the historical collection.

In 2008 work began on a long-term Masterplan to make improvements to the house. Informed by painstaking research and analysis, this work will ensure that the building's services are brought to modern standards, improvements made to the visitor route and extensive external stone conservation carried out.