Baron Astor of Hever

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Baron Astor of Hever, of Hever Castle in the County of Kent, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[1] It was created in 1956 for the prominent newspaper proprietor and Conservative politician the Hon. John Jacob Astor. He was the fourth child of William Waldorf Astor, 1st Viscount Astor. Lord Astor of Hever was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Baron. He served as Lord Lieutenant of Kent between 1972 and 1982. As of 2013 the title is held by the latter's eldest son, the third Baron, who succeeded in 1984. He is one of the ninety elected hereditary peers who remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act of 1999, and sits on the Conservative benches. As a descendant of the first Viscount Astor, Lord Astor of Hever is also in remainder to this peerage and its subsidiary title Baron Astor, of Hever Castle in the County of Kent.

The Hon. John Astor, third son of the first Baron, was a Conservative politician.

Barons Astor of Hever (1956)

The heir apparent is the present holder's son Hon. Charles Gavin John Astor (b. 1990).


Arms of Baron Astor of Hever
Coronet of a Baron
From a Mount Vert, a Falcon rising proper, ensigned by three Mullets Or.
Argent, eight Barrulets Sable, overall resting on a dexter Hand couped at the wrist proper, gauntleted Gules, a Falcon Gules, in chief two Fleurs-de-lis Gules.
Dexter: the Figure of Æsculapius proper. Sinister: the Figure of Mercury proper.
AD ASTRA (To the stars)

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