Timothy Torrington the 11th Viscount Torrington stands with a painting of his ancestor Admiral Sir George Byng the 1st Viscount Torrington, in Mere, Somerset, England, Monday, April 8, 2013. Viscount Timothy Torrington's story reads like a real-life version of “Downton Abbey,” the hit period drama about the family of an earl who has no direct heir to inherit his title. Like the fictional character Lord Grantham, the aristocrat has three daughters but no sons. In order for his title to live on in future generations, the 69-year-old has no choice but to pass it to a distant relative abroad, someone he has not even met. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Timothy Torrington  the 11th Viscount Torrington stands with a painting of his ancestor Admiral Sir George Byng the 1st Viscount Torrington, in Mere, Somerset, England, Monday, April 8, 2013.  Viscount Timothy Torrington's story reads like a real-life version of “Downton Abbey,” the hit period drama about the family of an earl who has no direct heir to inherit his title. Like the fictional character Lord Grantham, the aristocrat has three daughters but no sons. In order for his title to live on in future generations, the 69-year-old has no choice but to pass it to a distant relative abroad, someone he has not even met. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Timothy Torrington the 11th Viscount Torrington stands with a painting of his ancestor Admiral Sir George Byng the 1st Viscount Torrington, in Mere, Somerset, England, Monday, April 8, 2013. Viscount Timothy Torrington's story reads like a real-life version of “Downton Abbey,” the hit period drama about the family of an earl who has no direct heir to inherit his title. Like the fictional character Lord Grantham, the aristocrat has three daughters but no sons. In order for his title to live on in future generations, the 69-year-old has no choice but to pass it to a distant relative abroad, someone he has not even met. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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