Chamberlain (office)

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Key of a Chamberlain at the Royal Court of Norway.
For other uses, see Chamberlain.

A chamberlain is an officer in charge of managing a household. In many countries there are ceremonial posts associated with the household of the sovereign.

Historically, many institutions and governments – monasteries, cathedrals and cities – also had the post of chamberlain, who usually had charge of finances.[1] The Finance Director of the City of London is still called Chamberlain, while New York City had such a chamberlain, who managed city accounts, until the early 20th century.[2]


Some of the principal posts known by this name:


  • Kämmerer

Byzantine Empire[edit]



  • Kammermeister

Holy Roman Empire[edit]

  • Kammerherr




Roman Empire[edit]

Serbia in the Middle Ages[edit]


In Sweden there are eight serving chamberlains (kammarherrar) and four serving cabinet chamberlains (kabinettskammarherrar) at the royal court. The chamberlains are not employed by the court, but serve during ceremonial occasions such as state visits, audiences and official dinners.

United Kingdom[edit]

Richard Clark (1739-1831) wearing his black furred robe as Chamberlain of the City of London


See also[edit]

For other uses, see Chamberlain (disambiguation).


  1. ^ Chamberlain (from Encyclopædia Britannica 1911)
  2. ^ "City of London leading personnel".