Originally the arms of Burgundy and the initials of the duke and duchess were painted beneath the lower cornice.
Sarah strolled into the Blue Salon, an elegant parlor in the east wing of the house, and found the duchess in conversation with Lady Rhianna.
These words, taken from a special patent of 1644 granting Lady Alice the hollow title of duchess , effectively recognised Robert Dudley's legitimate birth seventy years after the fact.
She rose in rank from fair maiden to fair lady and then to duchess .
Besides, the duke and the duchess still had much to discuss with each other.
A lady below the rank of duchess was likely to be rusticated from the court if she sat upon a cushioned stool in the royal chapel or, if in the presence of the King, anywhere else.
Well then, Lady Grace Jameison, would you do me the honor of becoming my wife, my partner, my duchess , and the mother of my children?
None of the dogs belonging to either the duke and duchess or the earl and countess ever barked.
The grand duke or duchess , the ceremonial head of state, appoints the prime minister, who is responsible to a sixty-member Chamber of Deputies that is popularly elected every five years.
The duchess and countess would be there to help her.