The King of Cars dies: Lord Montagu, aged 88
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Founder of the National Motor Museum dies
Renowned car collector and founder of the National Motor Museum Lord Montagu of Beaulieu has died aged 88 after a short illness.
Edward Montagu was the third Baron of Montagu of Beaulieu founded his legendary museum at his estate in the New Forest, Hampshire in 1972.
Despite his death, Lord Montagu insisted that the museum, with its 250 cars should remain open without any period of official mourning.
His eldest son Ralph, 54 will, inherit his title and estate.
He is also survived by his wife Fiona, daughter Mary, 51, and his youngest son, Jonathan, 39.
According to a statement released by the estate: 'It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Edward, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu.
'He died peacefully at his home on August 31 2015, aged 88, after a short illness.
“He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Fiona, his son and heir Ralph, 54, daughter Mary, 51, and second son Jonathan, 39.
'In accordance with his wishes, the estate and visitor attractions are continuing to operate as usual.
'An estate funeral will be held at Beaulieu, followed by a memorial service at St Margaret’s, Westminster for his friends in London and further afield.
'The dates of these are to be advised.'