William Astor, 4th Viscount Astor

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The Viscount Astor
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for National Heritage
In office
20 July 1994 6 July 1995
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Iain Sproat
Succeeded by The Lord Inglewood
Junior ministerial offices 1990-1994
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security
In office
16 September 1993 20 July 1994
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Ann Widdecombe
Succeeded by James Arbuthnot
Lord-in-waiting
Government Whip
In office
11 October 1990 16 September 1993
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded by The Lord Cavendish of Furness
Succeeded by The Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
4 July 1973
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded by The 3rd Viscount Astor
Personal details
Born
William Waldorf Astor III

(1951-12-27) 27 December 1951 (age 69)
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)
(m. 1976)
Children3
Parents
RelativesSee Astor family
Alma mater Eton College
OccupationPolitician, businessman

William Waldorf Astor III, 4th Viscount Astor (born 27 December 1951) is an English businessman and politician who sits as a Conservative hereditary Lord Temporal in the House of Lords. He is a member of the Astor family known for its prominence in business, society, and politics in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Biography

William Waldorf III is the son of William Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor (1907–1966), and Sarah Kathleen Elinor Norton (1920–2013). From his father's later marriages, he has three younger half-sisters: Emily (born 1956), Janet (born 1961), and Pauline (born 1964). From his mother's remarriage to Thomas Michael Baring, he has a younger half-brother named Edward Richard Philip Baring (born September 1962). [1] He was educated at Eton College.

Astor was a Lord-in-waiting (a House of Lords whip) from 1990 to 1993. He was then made a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Social Security. In 1994, he moved to the Department of National Heritage where he served until leaving the government in 1995. [2]

He was a member of the Founding Council of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. [3]

Viscount Astor is Chairman of Silvergate Media and director of Networkers Plc (since 2007) and trustee of Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham.

Political Positions

Astor was an early opponent of the HS2 high-speed rail project. [4]

Marriage and children

Astor married Annabel Lucy Veronica Jones (born 1948), daughter of Timothy Angus Jones and Patricia David Pandora Clifford on 14 January 1976. They have three children:

The heir to the viscountcy is his elder son, Will. [5]

His wife Annabel's stepfather was his uncle Michael Langhorne Astor.

Viscountess Astor was previously married to Sir Reginald Sheffield, 8th Baronet by whom she is the mother of Samantha Cameron, wife of former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Arms

Coat of arms of William Astor, 4th Viscount Astor
Coronet of a British Viscount.svg
Astor (Baron Astor of Hever) Arms.svg
Coronet
A Coronet of a Viscount
Crest
From a Mount Vert a Falcon rising proper ensigned by three Mullets Gold
Escutcheon
Or a Falcon resting on a Dexter Hand couped at the wrist proper gauntleted Gules in chief two Fleur-de-lys of the last
Supporters
Dexter: a North American Indian; Sinister: a North American fur trapper; each habited accoutred and holding in the exterior hand a Rifle all proper
Motto
Ad Astra (To the stars)

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References

  1. "Person Page".
  2. thePeerage.com - Person Page 7535
  3. "Founding Council | The Rothermere American Institute". Rothermere American Institute. Archived from the original on 17 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  4. Cohen, Nick (15 January 2012). "Viscount Astor, you really are a class apart | Nick Cohen". The Guardian. ISSN   0261-3077 . Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  5. "Allegra Annabel Astor Birth Announcement". The Times. 21 August 2013.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Waldorf Astor II
Viscount Astor
1966–present
Incumbent
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New office
created by the House of Lords Act 1999
Elected hereditary peer to the House of Lords
under of the House of Lords Act 1999
1999–present
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