"the Duke of Clarence"

Duke of Clarence is a title which has, at different points in history, been given to junior members of the British Royal Family.

Most recently, the title was awarded to Prince Albert, the eldest son of Edward VII, who died of pneumonia in 1892. In the period under discussion in Brideshead Revisited, therefore, there was no real Duke of Clarence.

It is likely, however, that Waugh's Duke and Duchess of Clarence are modelled on the Duke and Duchess of York (see bookmark, p.203).

 

Duke and Duchess of York, dressed in the robes of the 'Gorsedd of the Bards' at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1931
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeDuke and Duchess of York, dressed in the robes of the 'Gorsedd of the Bards' at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1931 - Credit: unknown