The Countess of Carnarvon
A former auditor for Coopers & Lybrand, Lady Fiona Carnarvon is the wife of George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon. Today, she manages affairs at Highclere Castle, the grand country house that worldwide television audiences recognize as Downton Abbey. Fascinated by Highclere’s rich history, Lady Carnarvon has written several books. The first two are about the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who discovered King Tutankhamen’s tomb with Howard Carter in 1922; her New York Times best seller, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere, is an amazing tale covering the same period as the first two series of Downton Abbey, beginning in 1894. Lady Carnarvon published a sequel about life at Highclere Castle during the 1920s and World War II. In conjunction with Lord and Lady Carnarvon, Viking has created an “Oxford & Highclere Castle” land extension featuring a Privileged Access tour of the castle and its grounds. The Countess of Carnarvon is a near and dear Viking friend, and is also the godmother of a Viking Longship, Viking Skadi.