What is the name of the castle in Leicestershire, England, belonging to the ancestral Dukes of Rutland?
Situated on a hill in the north corner of Leicestershire, with views over the counties of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, is Belvoir Castle, the stately home of David Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland (born 1959). Four castles have stood on the site since the Norman Conquest in 1066, and the surviving structure is a grade I listed building from the 19th century. Whilst the castle remains the home of the Manners family, several rooms are open to the public. The Belvoir Castle estate has belonged to the family since the 11th century, although the position of Duke of Rutland was not created until 1703.
The castle gets its name from the Vale of Belvoir, which derives from the Norman-French for “beautiful view”. When the French-speaking invaders named the area, the Anglo-Saxons could not pronounce the word in their accent, preferring to call it “Beaver”. This pronunciation remains in use today, often confusing the tourists.
Today, the castle is a popular location for film and television and was used as a stand-in for Windsor Castle in the second series of the British television series 'The Crown' (2017). Belvoir Castle has also featured in 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' (1980), 'The Da Vinci Code' (2006) as Castel Gandolfo, 'Young Sherlock Holmes' (2008) and 'The Haunting' (1991).
David Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland is a high-profile supporter of the UK Independence Party (UKIP). He stood for the party during the 1999, 2005 and 2015 House of Lords by-elections.