THE Duchess of Westminster has been fined by magistrates after police caught her speeding down the M6 at 96mph.
Her conviction comes two years after her husband, the Duke of Westminster, narrowly escaped a driving ban after being caught speeding himself.
Her Grace, 42, was caught by police as she drove down the motorway near Claughton in Lancashire in May of this year.
Last week, magistrates in the town fined her £200 with £30 court costs, and placed five penalty points on her licence.
The Duchess did not appear in court personally, but pleaded guilty to the offence in a letter which was read out to the Bench.
She gave her address as Eaton Hall, Eccleston, Chester.
In the letter, Her Grace said she travelled more than 7,000 miles a year and this was her first offence in more than 20 years of driving.
His Grace has also been involved in a speeding court case.
In March 1999, he was caught driving at 98mph on the M40 in Oxfordshire. His Grace could have been disqualified if he had been driving 2mph faster.
Instead, Thames magistrates, sitting in Oxford in May of that year, fined him £360 and put five penalty points on his licence. The incident had happened as he was driving back to Chester from London.