The Earl and Countess of Carnavon commemorated the end of the First World War and remembered those who gave their lives in a war that devastated Europe and caused loss and grief on an unimaginable scale.
To mark 100 years since the end of WW1, Highclere hosted a weekend of events named Heroes at Highclere in honour of those who served and saved in conflicts across the world in the past and today. Lady Almina Carnavon transformed Highclere into a hospital during the First World War, with an operating theatre in the Castle’s “Arundel” bedroom. She became an adept nurse and a skilled healer and hundreds of letters from patients and their families bear testament to her untiring work and spirit of generosity.
This operating theatre and field hospital were recreated to give a sense of what it was like at the time, with the hospital to take up station next to a modern version erected by Médecins Sans Frontieres. Overhead, the Tiger-9 flying team roared past while cream teas were served on the lawns as guests attempted to learn the Charleston with the Gatsby Guys and Girls.
The focus of the weekend was to raise money for people who are still facing heartbreaking hardships through the ravages of war and to remember all those who sacrificed their lives for the good of the country.