Prince William’s friend the Marquess of Cholmondeley is replaced as Lord Great Chamberlain and no longer has the chance to play a major role in the coronation
- Marquess of Cholmondeley replaced as Lord Great Chamberlain after King Charles III became monarch
- Marquess lost the role due to the tradition that it changes into another aristocratic family at the death of the monarch and would always depart from the role after Her Majesty’s death
- He had to walk backwards in front of the monarch at the opening of parliament while the queen sat on the throne
- Now that 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 filmmaker David Rocksavage, had the part, in which he had to walk backwards in front of the monarch at the State Opening of Parliament while the Queen was on the throne.
“David always knew he wouldn’t have the job for life,” one of his friends told the Daily Mail. “It was an honor to run it for as long as he did.”
Now that Charles has become monarch, the job will be taken by the 7th Lord Carrington, whose late father was Foreign Secretary under Margaret Thatcher.
David Rocksavage, the Marquess of Cholmondeley, with his wife, 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 with Rose Hanbury (left) as she attends a 2016 charity event in King’s Lynn, Norfolk
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, former model Rose Hanbury, in London in July 2015
William and Kate (center foreground) walking past the Marquess and Marquise of Cholmondeley in King’s Lynn in 2016
Yesterday, Rupert Carington, 73, performed his first duties when he greeted the King and Queen Consort Camilla as they arrived at Westminster Hall for His Majesty’s address to Parliament.
He will play an important role in the Coronation, which is likely to take place next year.
David lost the role due to the tradition that it changes into another aristocratic family at the death of the monarch.
Rupert Carington (front), the 7th Lord Carrington, yesterday at Westminster Hall with King Charles III and Queen Camilla
The 7th Lord Carrington for 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, 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 all but given up hope that he would ever marry.
Rose soon produced an heir and reserve, in the form of twins Alexander and Oliver. Like Catherine, she has since given birth to a third child, Iris.
While Kate and William reside in ten-bedroom Anmer Hall, previously leased to a kitchen woodworker, the Marquis and Marquise live two miles away in Houghton Hall, one of the finest Palladian homes in the country, surrounded by 1,000 acres of parkland.