Rachel Johnson is new editor of The Lady

The Lady, one of the country’s oldest magazines, has appointed Rachel Johnson as its new editor.

Johnson, sister of London mayor and Telegraph columnist Boris Johnson, joins the 124-year-old title as its ninth editor following the departure of Arline Usden in May.

Usden left after 18 years at the helm of the Lady following a full-colour relaunch in March, prompting much speculation about her likely successor.

Johnson, a regular columnist for the Sunday Times News Review, a contributor to the Evening Standard and a novelist, will take up her new post in September.

She said: “The Lady has a distinguished 124-year past. I hope to build on that and ensure that as her ninth Ladyship, the future of this delicious and unique brand will grow even more illustrious and successful.”

The Lady was founded in 1885 by Thomas Gibson Bowles, the grandfather of the Mitford sisters. In November Bowles’ great grandson, Ben Budworth, took the reins as publisher.

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