You know how when you’re the President of this International Women’s Club in England, and you’re asked to introduce a REAL Lord and Lady before they graciously speak to your club, after giving a private tour of their centuries old palatial family estate Highclere Castle?

Yes, you know the one — it’s featured on a hit TV show called  Downton Abbey??

Right. So  there you are standing in front of your club under a lovely marquee set up especially so you could all enjoy a private luncheon with champagne (!) on the grounds of their stunning family estate.

So just as you, the President, are mid- introduction of these ever so elegant if appropriately shy aristocrats, you allow yourself to be ever so slightly relieved having got through the correct pronunciation of their names (whew!).  You feel you can let your guard down during your 2nd and final sentence because honestly how hard can this be??  All you’re going to say is something like, ‘What a great honor and a privilege it is to have Lord and Lady Carnarvon here to say a few words to the AWBS International Women’s Club about their exquisite family home, Highclere Castle’…


…Instead of saying that, words exit your mouth that have no relationship whatsoever to the grammar you actually learned in school. And worse, might even have sounded as if you were honored to welcome Lord and Lady Carnarvon to YOUR family home??

I know, right?!? Hate it when that happens!!

Lord Carnarvon

Lord Carnarvon welcoming AWBS Int’l Women’s Club to his home, Highclere Castle, aka “Downton Abbey”

Lord and Lady Carnarvon

Lord and Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle aka “Downton Abbey” speaking to AWBS Int’l Women’s Club at luncheon after a private tour of their family home!!

Highclere Castle, aka "Downton Abbey"

Highclere Castle aka “Downton Abbey”, private tour for AWBS Int’l Women’s Club

Lady Carnarvon

Lady Carnarvon, luncheon after Highclere Castle tour (no photos allowed inside)

Highclere Castle, aka "Downton Abbey"

No photos allowed inside, but it was exactly like the set! They’d just stopped filming for the season!

Highclere Castle, aka "Downton Abbey"