The Duchess of Rutland was given the rock star treatment for her birthday.
Emma Manners celebrated her 60th by ‘crowd-surfing’ over guests during a lively party at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire.
The duchess, who lives in a separate wing of the castle from her estranged husband, the Duke of Rutland, stretched herself flat as she passed over the heads of partygoers — looking like a rock star who had just leaped from the stage into a concert crowd.
‘Made it to 60! Wings outstretched,’ she joked on her Instagram account as she shared the image of her ‘crowd-surfing’. ‘Seventy, here I come.’
One of her three spirited daughters, Lady Alice Manners, can be seen on the far left of the photo helping to keep her mother in the air at the celebration, which had the theme: Swinging Sixties and Seventies.
The socialite, wearing a flowy tropical-print frock, grinned as excited guests showcased her amid the celebrations.
A later post on Emma’s social media also featured a picture with her son, Charles Manners – the Marquess of Granby – in what may also have been a snap from the festive evening.
In it, the 24-year-old can be seen smiling as he hugs his mother in a retro-inspired velvet suit and tinted shades.
Meanwhile Emma donned a glitzy blue bodycon dress with silver sequins, perfectly matching her colourful eye make-up and ornate jewellery.
Just last month, the opulent Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire – which has long been the location of choice for popular period dramas including The Crown – was also the starring set for Lady Violet Manners’s 30th birthday.
The Duke of Rutland’s eldest daughter threw a ’13 going on 30′-themed bash in the grounds of the 15,000-acre estate.
Lady Violet shared photographs with several of her guests including one with the marchioness of Blandford, Camilla Spencer-Churchill, and society model Sabrina Percy.
Meanwhile the late Earl of Pembroke’s daughter Lady Jemima Herbert was pictured posing by the pink sparkly curtains, which led on to the dancefloor.
‘I’ve never felt more loved or lucky to have celebrated my 30th with the most incredible friends and family,’ says Lady Violet, who wore a black, transparent dress designed by Julien Macdonald.
Looking effortlessly elegant, Lady Violet teamed her sheer lace ensemble with a statement feather boa.
She opted for a smattering of glamorous makeup while styling her hair in a stylish up do for the occasion.
Her guests looked just as stunning, with her mother Emma opting for a one shouldered green dress.
The Duchess, 60, has also previously revealed she suspects her 356-room Belvoir castle is haunted during an appearance on Lorraine.
Emma, who appeared on the ITV morning show in September last year to promote her new book The Accidental Duchess, said she heard bagpipes late at night coming up the lift shaft of her Leicestershire castle.
The socialite, who lives with her estranged husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, admitted ‘there’s things you can’t explain’ in their residence.
When asked by Lorraine if they have ghosts, she said: ‘Well we may have, I got rid of most of them, you have to be strong with ghosts because they get away at times.’
While chatting about the many famous people who have stayed in the castle with the family she revealed that actor Hugh Grant came to stay and her daughters played a spooky a prank on him.
Emma said: ‘He went to bed early one night, they knew he was terrified of ghosts, and the girls ran their nails down the door, he came running out thinking it was a ghost.
‘The last laugh was on the girls as they then heard the sound of bagpipes coming up from the lift shaft in the middle of the night, they came running to find me and said ‘mummy there really is a ghost now’ and I went to listen and no joke, that sound was coming up our lift shaft and I thought, ‘gosh, there’s things you can’t explain’.’
‘I have never seen a ghost, I have felt them, but thank goodness I have never seen them.’
Elsewhere the Duchess explained that she wanted to bring her children up ‘grounded.’ The Duchess and Duke share five children, Violet, Alice, Eliza, Charles, and Hugo.
Speaking candidly she said: ‘For me it was really about keeping them grounded and keep their feet on the ground, so the girls ran the ice cream shop, they helped in the gift shop, waiting on tables, so everyone was really hands on.’