Lord Carrington was a patron of Turn End Trust from its inception until his death in July 2018. A Service of Thanksgiving was held at Westminster Abbey on 31st January 2019. Peter and Margaret Aldington attended, and also represented the Turn End Trust.
This remarkable service, attended by representatives of the Queen and every branch of the royal family, the officers of both Houses of Parliament and of many diplomatic and state departments, and former military colleagues, blended Lord Carrington’s outstanding and varied achievements (as a tank commander during the Second World War, and in politics since 1945) with a portrait of a sensitive, mischievously humorous, compassionate and much-loved family man.
His interest in music, arts and the land were shown by the broad selection of music during the service and in readings by each of his children and grandchildren, and in the tributes of so many friends. These included many anecdotes, some from his own memoirs, relating how he privately punctured pomposity or managed to modulate the grand trappings of his many public offices. They showed a warm, humorous, highly intelligent yet endearingly self-deprecating man, passionately committed to whatever cause he undertook and to assisting fellow men where he could.