It was with great sadness that Victoria and I learned the news of the passing of Deborah Mitford, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire on September 24th. She was such an icon and was so instrumental in the survival of one of our favourite stately homes, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

Here we've rounded up some of the recent stories that have focused on the life, times, influence and charm of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. We hope that by reading these articles you, too, will remember her fondly or, should you be unfamiliar with her story, that you will learn more about the Duchess of Devonshire.

Vanity Fair remembers the Duchess of Devonshire

Vogue Magazine on the passing of the last Mitford sister

BBC News looks back on the Duchess's influence on the success of Chatsworth House

Royal tribute for the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

A post on the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire written by Victoria that appeared on this blog in September of 2012 can be found here. 

Funeral details announced - public are welcome