Lady Weymouth pictured hand-feeding a GIRAFFE at Longleat

Not your average family pet! Lady Weymouth hand-feeds a GIRAFFE in the grounds of her home at Longleat for a stunning Vanity Fair shoot

  • Lady Weymouth, 32, posed in grounds of Longleat in Wiltshire for magazine
  • Stunning image shows her hand feeding a giraffe from the safari park
  • Emma became Britain’s first black aristocrat when she married in 2013 
  • Husband Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, will one day be Marquess of Bath

When your back garden is a safari park, the surrounding nature is certainly a lot more exotic than squirrels and sparrows, but hand feeding a giraffe is nothing out of the ordinary for Lady Weymouth. 

The former Emma McQuiston, 32, was photographed in the grounds of Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire where she lives with her husband Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, 43, for the new issue of Vanity Fair. 

She made history when she married the Longleat heir in 2013, making her the country’s first black British aristocrat. He will one day become the Marquess of Bath and she his Marchioness.

But she told the magazine that her racial identity wasn’t something she gave any thought to before she became engaged. 

‘I don’t want to not acknowledge the significance, because it has meant a lot to a lot of people. It was a moment in history that people got a lot of hope and encouragement from. But I didn’t do anything on purpose. 

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Lady Weymotuh 32, was photographed in the grounds of Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, hand feeding a giraffe, for the new issue of Vanity Fair

In an interview with the magazine, Lady Weymouth – Britain’s first black aristocrat – said she hadn’t given any thought to her racial identity before she got engaged 

I just have to appreciate that I’ve been written to personally, and seen it written about, and it’s been taken very seriously.’ 

Emma’s husband took over running the 10,000-acre estate and safari park in Wiltshire from his 85-year-old father in 2010, and the couple live in the nursery suite with their two sons.

Emma gave birth to her first child The Hon. John Thynn in October 2014 after suffering a bleed on the brain during her pregnancy.

She was also suffering from a disorder with her pituitary gland which left her crippled in pain and meant the baby was delivered by Caesarean section three weeks early.

The mother-of-two had her second child via surrogate after suffering a terrifying brain illness during her first pregnancy 

Their second son, the Honourable Henry Thynn was born at a clinic in California in December 2016, via a surrogate, after doctors warned Emma that having a second child could kill her.

Henry is named after his great-grandfather, the 6th Marquess, who caused a scandal after the Second World War when he opened the Longleat house and gardens to the public, before later creating the country’s first safari park.

He was the the first member of the British aristocracy to have been born by surrogacy, in this case using one of his mother’s eggs and his father’s sperm

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The former model is now a lifestyle blogger and presents her own online cookery show 

The seventh Marquess of Bath, aged 85, is known the most eccentric aristocrat in Britain and lives in a separate suite, tended to by a housekeeper because most of his ‘wifelets’, as he notoriously referred to his harem of lovers, are long gone.

His actual wife, the Marchioness, Anna, also lives in the house, surrounded by the Safari Park, which was established 50 years ago – the first outside Africa.

Emma and Ceawlin married in June 2013 but the wedding was marred by the fact that the Viscount’s parents – the Lord and Lady Bath – did not attend as they were not on speaking terms with the couple at the time.

It is thought that the family fall out had come about due to the removal of some ancient murals which had adorned the walls of the famous Longleat estate in Wiltshire.   

Emma McQuiston appears in the May issue of Vanity Fair, on newstands Friday 27th April 


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