Fonds MC 2615 - Royal equerry and Master of the Royal Household, the Hon. Derek William George Keppel's collection of photographs

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MC 2615


Royal equerry and Master of the Royal Household, the Hon. Derek William George Keppel's collection of photographs


  • 1877-1929 (Creation)

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5 pieces

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Biographical history

Born on 7 April 1863 at Rutland Gate, Kensington, the second son of the 7th Earl of Albemarle and a younger brother of Arnold, the 8th Earl, Derek Keppel was educated at Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey, joined the army, served in India and eventually became Lt-Col. of the Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles. He was a member of the British Royal Household for over 50 years. In June 1898, he married the Hon. Bridgit Louisa Harbord, daughter of the 5th Baron Suffield, and had three daughters. Equerry to George, the Duke of York, from 1893 to 1910, deputy master of the [royal] household, 1910-1912, and master from 1912 to the king's death in 1936. Thereafter, he served as extra equerry to the new King George VI until his own death in April 1944.

Archival history

Given by Victoria W. Keppel to the donor.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 28 August 2008 (ACC 2008/162). Listed 14 January 2009.

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Albums of photographs of the Keppel (Earls of Albemarle) family, Derek Keppel (DK in the catalogue) with Edward, Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of York, the royal entourage at home and abroad in various stately homes, including those at Quidenham, Elvedon, Hillington, Didlington, and Sandringham, race meetings around the country, Cowes week, etc. compiled by Derek Keppel and by his daughter, Victoria Winifred Keppel, 1877-1929
Most of the photographs are captioned, often naming individuals and places. Many of the photographs are early Kodak snaps taken by HRH Princess Victoria, one of Queen Victoria's daughters. Presumably, others were taken by royal officials and Keppel family members. Autograph signatures of members of the British royal family are also included.

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For the main Albemarle of Quidenham Estate Collection, see ALB.

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