It is with great sadness that we learned this week of the death of His Grace the Duke of Beaufort at the age of 89.

Polly Portwin, Head of Hunting at the Countryside Alliance, paid tribute to the late Duke, saying: “The countryside has lost a true friend in the passing of His Grace, the Duke of Beaufort. He was a passionate supporter of equine and country sports whose enthusiasm will be missed. Our condolences to all his family and friends.”