Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington

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The Lord Carrington
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Carrington in 1984
6th Secretary General of NATO
In office
25 June 1984 1 July 1988
In office
4 March 1974 4 May 1979

Lord Carrington married Iona McClean (19 March 1920 – 7 June 2009), daughter of Lt Col. Sir Francis McClean AFC and Aileen Wale, on 25 April 1942. They had three children: Alexandra de Bunsen DL (born 1943), Virginia Carington CVO (born 1946; formerly married to Lord Ashcombe), [44] and Rupert Carington, 7th Baron Carrington DL (born 1948). Lord Carrington's wife, Lady Carrington, died on 7 June 2009, aged 89. [45]

Carrington was a guest on BBC Radio 4's long-running programme Desert Island Discs in 1975 [46] and on the same station's A Good Read in 2004. [47]

In the 1977 war film A Bridge Too Far, John Stride played a Grenadier Guards captain at Nijmegen Bridge based on Carrington. This portrayal depicts the historical argument between Carrington and Major Julian Cook on whether to move forward along the "Hell's Highway" route. [48]

In February 1982 Carrington was portrayed by Rowan Atkinson in a Not the Nine O'Clock News parody of Question Time , pedantically discussing an imminent nuclear holocaust. [49] [50]

Carrington was portrayed by James Fox in the 2002 BBC production of Ian Curteis's The Falklands Play . [51] He was also briefly portrayed by James Smith in the 2011 film The Iron Lady , [52] and by Jeff Rawle in the 2014 play Handbagged . [53]


Lord Carrington, as Chancellor of the Order of the Garter, in procession to St George's Chapel in 2006 Lord Carrington.jpg
Lord Carrington, as Chancellor of the Order of the Garter, in procession to St George's Chapel in 2006

Honorary degrees


Coat of arms of Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington
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6th Baron Carrington since 1938
A coronet of a Baron
An elephant's head erased or eared gules charged on the neck with three fleurs-de-lis, two and one azure.
Mantling: Or and sable.
Or, a chevron cotised between three demi-griffins couped those in chief respectant sable. [69] [70]
Two griffins wings elevated sable, the dexter charged on the body with three fleurs-de-lis palewise or and the sinister with three trefoils slipped palewise of the last. [71]
Latin: Tenacious and faithful
The Order of the Garter circlet. [72]
Garter Banner of the 6th Baron Carrington.svg The banner of the Baron Carrington's arms as knight of the Garter


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