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John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough, (13 April 1926 - 16 October 2014) was a British peer. He was the elder son of The 10th Duke of Marlborough and his wife, The Hon. Alexandra Mary Hilda Cadogan. He was known as "Sunny" after his courtesy title of Earl of Sunderland.
He was educated at Eton College and served seven years in the Life Guards, in which he achieved the rank of Captain. In 1972, on inheriting the Dukedom of Marlborough, he took over the management of Blenheim Palace and the Blenheim estate.
To fund the maintenance of the house, he opened it to visitors and as a film set, and established a number of businesses, including a garden furniture company and a water bottling plant.
Thirdly, on 20 May 1972, he married Countess Rosita Douglas-Stjernorp, daughter of ambassador Count Carl Douglas-Stjernorp and Ottora Haas-Heye. They had three children and were divorced on 15 May 2008:
Lord Richard Spencer-Churchill (born and died 1973)
Lord Edward Albert Charles Spencer-Churchill (born 1974) Married to Kimberly Hammerstroem
Lady Alexandra Elizabeth Spencer-Churchill (born 1977)
Finally, at the age of 82, Marlborough married Lily Mahtani (née Sahni; born c. 1954-57 in Iran) November/3 December 2008 in the Private Chapel at Blenheim. She was formerly the wife of Ratan Mahtani, a wealthy Indian expatriate businessman, by whom she had three children. There were no children from this marriage.
Ancestors of John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough
1st: a lion couchant guardant Argent supporting a banner Gules charged with a dexter hand couped Argent (Churchill) 2nd: out of a ducal coronet Or a griffin's head between two wings expanded Argent gorged with a collar gemel and armed Gules (Spencer)
Quarterly: 1 and 4th, Sable a lion rampant Argent, on a canton of the second a cross Gules (Churchill); 2 and 3rd, quarterly Argent and Gules a fret Or, over all on a bend Sable three Escallops of the first (Spencer); over all in the centre chief point (as an augmentation of honour) an escutcheon Argent charged with the cross of Saint George surmounted by an inescutcheon Azure charged with three fleurs-de-lys Or, two over one