David Cameron overcome with emotion at memorial for his late brother

‘He was my hero’: David Cameron overcome with emotion at memorial for his late brother Alexander, who died of cancer aged 59 this year

  • Alexander was a distinguished barrister who made Queen’s Counsel aged 39 

David Cameron was overcome with emotion at the memorial service for his elder brother, Alexander, who died of cancer earlier this year at the age of 59. ‘He was my hero,’ the former prime minister, 56, tells me. 

Alexander was a distinguished barrister, who made Queen’s Counsel at the young age of 39. 

But he could have swapped his silk gown for a matador’s cape, his friend Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell told the congregation at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea. 

‘Al confided he was thinking about giving it all up to pursue a career in bullfighting,’ he says. 

‘In his twenties, Alex developed an unlikely love of bullfighting. At one time he was the only non-Spanish speaking UK subscriber to a Spanish bullfighting magazine. 

Former PM David Cameron leaves with family members the memorial to his Kings Council brother Alexander at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea

Barrister Allan Alexander Cameron QC leaves Southwark Crown Court in 2016

Luckily for us and for the world of criminal law, he saw sense. ‘But a small part of me suspects he would have pulled it off as a matador.’ 

Alexander, who died March 21, previously stepped down from the bar in 2020 after receiving his cancer diagnosis.

David credited his older brother of three years with propelling him to the office of prime minister in 2010.

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