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The Marquess of Cholmondeley, Charles III’s new private secretary: Elizabeth II wearing the crown of the new king at her coronation.

Charles III has just appointed the Marquis of Cholmondeley, a friend of Prince William and a neighbor of Norfolk, as his new secretary, Richard Eden reports in the Daily Mail.

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The Marquess of Cholmondeley, Lord High Chamberlain, at one of the opening ceremonies of the House of Lords.

As the King’s permanent secretary (a position known as permanent Lord-in-Waiting) the 62-year-old Marquess of Cholmondeley will attend important royal and public engagements. In addition, he will represent the king in various royal acts. To cite one example, one of his predecessors, Sheriff Brookeborough, was in charge of hosting then President Trump and the US First Lady in the UK for the late Elizabeth II. There are two types of private secretaries or lords-in-waiting: political (of course appointed by the government) and non-political (appointed by the monarch). David Cholmondeley is the permanent secretary, which means that he is the secret official of the British royal house.

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David Cholmondeley at the Serpentine Gallery London Summer Party 2015.

Born Sheriff of Malpas until he became Earl of Rocksavage in 1968 and Marquess of Cholmondeley in 1990, David Rocksavage married former model Rose Hanbury, 39, now Marquess of Cholmondeley. The two were married at Chelsea Town Hall in 2009 after meeting on holiday in Italy in 2003. He is 23 years older than her.

The couple reside at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, just six miles from Anmer Hall, the home of the Welsh princes. Like the princes of Wales, they have two sons and a daughter: the twins Alexander, Earl of Rocksavage, and Oliver, Lord of Cholmondeley, and their little girl, Iris.

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The facade of Houghton Hall, located in Norfolk, was designed by Colen Campbell in 1721, although some modifications, such as the turrets designed by James Gibbs for Robert Walpole’s soldier, were built much later.

Houghton Hall was built by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the ancestor of the Marquis Robert Walpole. Through the Marquis’ interest in art, he hosted many sculptures in his grounds, including one by Tony Cragg, in 2021. The family also owns Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.

The Marquess of Cholmondeley held the official position of Lord Chamberlain until the death of Queen Elizabeth, a role which involved wearing his crown in open Parliament, as well as wearing the distinctive scarlet court uniform complete with golden key and white cane, emblematic of it. insignia of dignity. After the late monarch the place passed to Baron Carrington. His duties on the day of the coronation are to clothe the king, and to invest the king with the insignia of the kingdom, and to serve him water before and after the coronation banquet.

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Elizabeth II and Philip of Edinburgh followed in the footsteps of the High Chamberlain (the Marquess of Cholmondeley) and arrived at the State Opening of Parliament on 6 November 2007 in London.

Original article published by Tatler. Original access here.

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