every inch a Countess, every sinue a Lady, she gave generously to many causes, and to those in her own class, but she was also a bit of a monster……”

Lady Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon, 1876-1969, wife of George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, co-discoverer with Howard Carter of the Tomb of Tutankhamun.  

The Countess ploughed through a King’s ransom, inherited from one of the Rothschild family. 

In the Great War she reigned supreme as a High Society leader who abandoned her very comfy drawing room to treat wounded Officers at her own expense.  Her later plush Nursing Homes served the rich, famous and privileged, earning her celebrity status. 

Almina loved men and  hated women. She controlled men like a puppet master and they did her bidding.   

 Despite her colossal wealth she lost everything to bankruptcy. 

 She died in a horrendous accident in 1969.

Extracted from ” The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon” by William Cross, FSA Scot