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The Last Dukes

Lord David Murray, Duke of Atholl and the Marquess of Tullibardine at the Highland Games on their estate Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland.
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Lord David Murray, Duke of Atholl and the Marquess of Tullibardine at the Highland Games on their estate Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland.

Airs Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Over the centuries, dukedoms were created by monarchs for various reasons – ranging from rewarding a major war hero to acknowledging a king’s illegitimate son. With only 24 non-royal ducal estates remaining in Britain today, do the dukes of the 21st century still retain their historical power and wealth?

The Duchess of Rutland with her daughters.
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The Duchess of Rutland with her daughters.

In the fascinating documentary "The Last Dukes," answers come from a variety of extraordinary characters, including Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill, aunt of the current Duke of Marlborough, who was brought up in Blenheim Palace with 36 servants; the Duke of Atholl, who until 2012 was a rural South African sign-maker named Bruce Murray; the Scottish Duke of Montrose, one of the few dukes remaining in House of Lords; and the Duchess of Rutland, whose business savvy has kept the family seat of Belvoir Castle in good repair.

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