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DUKE TO WED HIS SWEETIE; Torquil pops the question to Cadbury girl on hols.

Byline: CARA PAGE EXCLUSIVE

A TOP Scots aristocrat is to marry in the summer, he revealed yesterday.

The 13th Duke of Argyll, Torquil Campbell, proposed to Eleanor Cadbury during a holiday in South Africa.

Eleanor - a cousin of the family who founded the Cadbury chocolate empire - said "Yes" immediately.

Torquil, whose ancestral seat is Inveraray Castle, Argyll, went down on bended knee on top of the spectacular Table Mountain.

He said yesterday: "It was very romantic. I gave her a very nice diamond. She was absolutely thrilled to bits and so am I."

Torquil, 33, and PR executive Eleanor have been together "on and off" for nine years.He said: "We hadn't really spoken about it, but I don't think it was really a surprise when I proposed."

The couple are now busy planning the wedding, which will probably take place in Eleanor's home town in Oxfordshire.

Torquil added: "We will probably get married in the summer, but there is no fixed date yet.

"We have only been back a couple of days and there is a lot to do.

"We have still to choose the location. The size of the church will obviously determine how large the wedding will be."

The duke's engagement comes eight months after his father, the 12th Duke Ian Campbell, died during a heart operation.

The 63-year-old was Scotland's second most senior peer.

Torquil inherited the 11th-century Inveraray Castle and his father's fortune - believed to be in excess of pounds 30million.

His mother Iona, dowager Duchess of Argyll, and his sister Lady Louise Campbell were delighted when Torquil told them about his wedding plans.

He said: "My mum and sister have known Eleanor for a very long time and are very, very pleased."

The duke revealed the couple are already looking forward to starting a family.

He said: "That is definitely for the future and I look forward to it with great relish."

Both Eleanor and Torquil work in London.

The duke is a manager with Chivas Brothers, the firm who sell Clan Campbell - the whisky his late father produced.

Now he's looking forward to combining work with married life and his role looking after Inveraray Castle and its vast estate.

Torquil said: "It is a great challenge.

"I hope to follow in my father's footsteps, but be my own person."

Yesterday, residents in the popular tourist town overlooked by the castle looked forward to welcoming the duchess-to-be.

The Rev Brian Wilkinson, of Glenaray and Inveraray Parish Church, said: "I was delighted to hear of his engagement."
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Date:Jan 11, 2002
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