The Royals

Better Than Downton! Take an Exclusive Tour of Woburn Abbey

American Aristocrat and 8G Founder Lady Dawn Russell offers an inside look at the historic home


Woburn Abbey (pronounced WO-bun) has been in the Russell family since Sir John Russell, the first Earl of Bedford, was given the property by King Henry VIII in 1547. "It's breathtaking and stunning and the history is truly spectacular," Dawn Russell, who became Lady James Russell when she married her husband in 2005, tells PEOPLE. The couple's 5-year-old son, Alexander, joins her. (He's wearing his uniform from London's Wetherby pre-prep school, where Princes William and Harry attended.)