Mona Fitzalan-Howard, 11th Baroness Beaumont

Mona Josephine Tempest Fitzalan-Howard, 11th Baroness Beaumont, Baroness Howard of Glossop, OBE (née Stapleton; 1 August 1894 31 August 1971) was a British peer.

Personal life

Mona was the elder of two daughters of Miles Stapleton, 10th Baron Beaumont, and his wife, Ethel Mary (Tempest). Mona was the heir to the title of her father, who accidentally shot and killed himself in 1895.

On 5 September 1914 at St Mary's Church, Carlton, Yorkshire, she married the 3rd Baron Howard of Glossop (thus also becoming Baroness Howard of Glossop).[1] She and her husband were one of the few couples to both hold titles in their own right. They had eight children, of whom the eldest son and first-born child became 17th Duke of Norfolk in 1975, and his brothers and sisters were all granted the rank, style and precedence of a duke's younger son (as if their father had lived to succeed as Duke himself):

In the New Years honours list for 1946, Lady Beaumont was awarded the OBE[2] for her services during World War II to the British Red Cross at York Military Hospital, Goole.[3]

Due to a spinal injury, in later life she used a wheelchair. After the passage of the Peerage Act 1963, Beaumont became the third peeress in her own right to take her seat in the House of Lords; her husband pushed her wheelchair when she took her seat.[4][5] She never spoke in the House of Lords. On her death in 1971 at the age of 77, her title passed to her eldest son, Miles, who inherited the dukedom of Norfolk from his father's cousin in 1975 and added his mother's maiden name to his own.

Her great-granddaughter is actress Gabriella Wilde.



  1. "Marriages", The Times, 7 September 1914, p. 11.
  2. "New Year Honours Second List", The Times, 9 January 1946, p. 8.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37412. p. 276. 9 January 1946.
  4. Hansard, HL 5ser vol 253 col 961
  5. "Baroness Beaumont" (obituary), The Times, 1 September 1971, p. 14.
  6. Julia Tichborne was third daughter of Sir Henry Joseph Tichborne, 8th Bt. She md 1stly George Talbot, nephew of the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury who lived in Rome. They were parents of Bertram Talbot, 17th Earl of Shrewsbury (d. 1856) and 2 daughters Lady Annette de Trafford and Lady Gwendoline Petre. She md 2ndly 1839 (as Mrs George Talbot) John Hubert Washington Hibbert, who had inherited 20,000 pounds aged 3 and who was Eton-educated and a captain of Dragoons. They had three surviving children: Paul Edgar Tichbourne, Lydia Anne Tichbourne, Cecilia Elizabeth Tichbourne. Other children included Edgar, Emily, Hubert, Oswald.
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Miles Stapleton
(abeyant 1895)
Baroness Beaumont
(abeyancy terminated)
Succeeded by
Miles Fitzalan-Howard
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