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This is Alnwick, the impressive castle of the Duchess of Northumberland, England’s most eccentric aristocrat: a poisonous garden and the largest playground in the world

Jane Percy is to make it the most eccentric aristocrat in the United Kingdom. And, let’s be honest, achieving such a qualification is no small feat. The Duchess after her marriage in 1979 with Lord Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland, she became a relative by marriage to one of the families of the upper nobility in Britain and, also, one of the richest in the country for more than 700 years. Of course, theirs
luxurious and lucrative businesses However, they became the fruit of his transgressive, entrepreneurial and daring spirit.

Jane Richard was born in Edinburgh in 1958 to a bourgeois family with no noble titles in their family tree. Until, at the age of 16, Jane met the love of her life, Lord Ralph Percy. They got married three years later, in 1979, although their families considered them too young, they had four children and until 1995 they lived on a farm. That year, however, following the overdose death of the former Duke of Northumberland,
Lord Ralph Percy inherited the dukedom of the family and, with it, many historic properties where the current Duchess works her magic.

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very close treatment of the royal family The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland attended the wedding of William of England and Kate Middleton, they had Prince William and Prince Harry at the marriage of their daughters and they maintain a complicit relationship with the current King Charles III, who attended various activities organized. by Jane Percy herself.

But without a doubt, if Jane Percy was famous for one thing, it was for the properties she owned… and the use she made of them. Although she is the first woman to serve as Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, after receiving the title in 2009 from Elizabeth II, she is apparently unhappy with her role as duchess, so her husband suggested she ‘have fun’ with
Places called Alnwick Castle Gardens in the United States, the remarkable property where the family lived in the northeast of England. The result could not have been more surprising and controversial.

And Alnwick Castle, in addition to being the setting where Robin Hood, Elizabeth, various installments of Harry Potter as well as the Downton Abbey series were filmed, has the honor of hosting.
the world’s most dangerous poison garden. Inspired by the Medici gardens in Florence, it can only be visited with a special guide and it is forbidden to touch, smell and eat the plants, because of more than 100 species in its 14 hectares, all poisonous and, almost all of them, fatal for humans.

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Opened in 2005, it is one of the most visited attractions in the United Kingdom. Also one of the most controversial. This is the only garden in the world where the gardeners take care of the plants with protection and masks,
children cannot visit Alone and, if nothing else, the garden has become a charitable foundation separate from the estate of the Duchy of Northumberland, with the Duchess as fundraiser and one of six trustees.

But the attractions of the Dukes of Northumberland’s possessions did not end there. After the successes achieved, not at all good to say, in the Poison Garden, Jane Percy wanted to get more income from Alnwick Castle and built
the largest playground in the world with the goal, as he told XL Semanal this summer, of keeping children away from cell phones that have the power of fairies and elves.

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Lilidorei, which is the name of the park, is inspired by magical worlds and fairy tales. It has all kinds of slides, zip lines, climbing walls and lots of glitter in its sustainable and plastic-free decoration, where you can live an endless Christmas. “This park was born because we needed help with technology addiction. This park attracts the senses and encourages them to look and listen,” Percy assured our colleagues at XL Semanal.

Located in the British countryside, Alnwick Castle, almost a thousand years, more than
42 hectares of impressive gardens and inside, the luxurious State Rooms stand out, with impressive furniture and works of art; as well as the Great Hall, which has an amazing carved ceiling.

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