Prince William’s friend the Marquess of Cholmondeley is replaced as Lord Great Chamberlain and no longer has chance to play major role in Coronation
- Marquess of Cholmondeley has lost job as Lord Great Chamberlain after King Charles III became monarch
- He had to walk backwards in front of the monarch at State Opening of Parliament while Queen was on throne
- Now Charles is king, the job will be taken by the 7th Lord Carrington, who was at Westminster Hall yesterday
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Prince William’s close friend the Marquess of Cholmondeley has lost his job as Lord Great Chamberlain after King Charles III became monarch following the Queen’s death.
The Marquess, also known as film-maker David Rocksavage, had the role, in which he had to walk backwards in front of the monarch at the State Opening of Parliament, as long as the Queen was on the throne.
Now Charles has become monarch, the job will be taken by the 7th Lord Carrington, whose late father served as Foreign Secretary under Margaret Thatcher.
David Rocksavage, the Marquess of Cholmondeley, with his wife, the former model Rose Hanbury, in London in June 2016
Prince William and Kate with Rose Hanbury and David Rocksavage at a charity event in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, in 2016
Queen Elizabeth II arrives with David Rocksavage for the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords in October 2019
Kate Middleton speaks to Rose Hanbury (left) as she attends a charity event in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, in 2016
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip follow David Rocksavage at the State Opening of Parliament in November 2007
The Prince and Princess of Wales greet David Rocksavage and Rose Hanbury at a charity event in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, in 2016
David Rocksavage, the Marquess of Cholmondeley, with his wife, the former model Rose Hanbury, in London in July 2015
William and Kate (centre foreground) walk alongside the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley in King’s Lynn in 2016
Yesterday, Rupert Carington, 73, carried out his first duties as he greeted the King and Queen Consort Camilla when they arrived at Westminster Hall for His Majesty’s speech to Parliament.
He will play an important part in the Coronation, which is likely to take place next year.
‘David always knew he would not have the job for life,’ one of his friends told the Daily Mail. ‘It was an honour to carry it out for as long as he did.’
David has lost the role because of tradition that it changes to another aristocratic family on the death of the monarch.
Rupert Carington (front), the 7th Lord Carrington, at Westminster Hall yesterday with King Charles III and Queen Camilla
The 7th Lord Carrington in front of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla at Westminster Hall in London yesterday
The 7th Lord Carrington leads King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla through Westminster Hall in London yesterday
David and his wife, the former model Rose Hanbury, now Marchioness of Cholmondeley, live near Anmer Hall, Prince William and Catherine’s country home in Sandringham, Norfolk.
Rose, 38, married Rocksavage in 2009. He is 24 years her senior and friends had almost given up hope that he would ever marry.
Rose soon produced an heir and spare, in the form of twins Alexander and Oliver. Like Catherine, she has since given birth to a third child, Iris.
While Kate and William stay at ten-bedroom Anmer Hall, which was previously rented out to a kitchen timber boss, the Marquess and Marchioness live in splendour two miles away at Houghton Hall, one of the country’s finest Palladian houses, surrounded by 1,000 acres of parkland.
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