Peter Carrington, the last surviving member of Winston Churchill ’s cabinet, has died at the age of 99.
Lord Carrington had a distinguished career as a Conservative politician, working as British High Commissioner in Australia in the 1950s and later as Margaret Thatcher’s foreign secretary.
He famously resigned from the post in the 1980s after taking responsibility for the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands.
Known for his outspoken nature, the Tory peer once publicly criticised David Cameron for ‘going everywhere holding his wife’s hand’ and also called for a cut in the size of the House of Lords.
Born on June 6, 1919, in Buckinghamshire, Lord Carrington was educated at both Eton and Sandhurst and joined the Grenadier Guards in 1939.
In 1940, when he was just 21, he succeeded his father as the sixth Baron of Carrington and was eligible to take up his place in the House of Lords.
However he deferred this because he was on active service at the time.
He served in World War Two where he was promoted to acting major and was awarded the Military Cross.
In 1945 Lord Carrington took up the post in the House of Lords and was the longest serving member of the House until his death.
The Conservative politician married Iona McClean in 1942, and later said marriage was one of the “most sensible things I have done.”
His wife, who died in 2009, accompanied him on a number of overseas tours and Lord Carrington praised her ‘powers of observation.’ The couple had a son and two daughters.
The couple lived in the village of Bledlow, which was used as the setting for some of the episodes of Midsomer Murders and is close to Chequers.
Mrs Carrington was a keen gardener, and worked to revamp 10 acres of the property’s grounds after a fire devastated parts of the grounds in the 1960s.
Lord Carrington was appointed by Winston Churchill in 1951, after a messenger arrived on a bicycle as he was shooting partridges.
When he returned home and phoned the Prime Minister back he said he asked him simply “Do you want to join my shoot?”
Lord Carrington rose quickly up through the ranks from his first post as junior agricultural minister to defence secretary in 1970, under Edward Heath.
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He was later appointed by Margaret Thatcher as foreign secretary in 1979.
Notably he resigned from this position in 1982 after taking responsibility for the Argentinian invasion of the Falklands, and was made secretary general of Nato between 1984 and 1988.
Up until his death he was the longest serving member of the House of Lords and supported calls for reform saying it had grown to be far too big.
In 1994 he was appointed Chancellor of the Order of the Garter, a post he held until 2012.
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