Gentleman of the Bedchamber

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A Gentleman of the Bedchamber was the holder of an important office in the royal household of the Kingdom of England from the 11th century, later used also in the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Description and functions[edit]

There were always several holders of the office, who were invariably gentlemen and almost invariably peers, often important ones, as the regular access to the monarch which the role brought was the most valuable commodity of the courtier.[1]

The duties of the office involved waiting on the king when he ate in private, helping him to dress, guarding the bedchamber and water closet, and providing companionship.[1]

From 1660 the office of first gentleman of the bedchamber was invariably combined with that of Groom of the Stole.[1]

Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to King Charles II (1660–1685)[edit]

Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to James, Duke of York, later King James II (1685–1688)[edit]

Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to King William III (1689–1702)[edit]

Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to Prince George of Denmark (1702–1708)[edit]

Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to King George I (1714–1727)[edit]

Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to George, Prince of Wales, later King George II (1714–1760)[edit]

Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to Frederick, Prince of Wales (1729–1751)[edit]

Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to King George III (1760–1820)[2][edit]

Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to George, Prince of Wales, later King George IV (1780–1830)[3][edit]

Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to King William IV (1830–1837)[edit]

France[edit]

The term 'gentleman of the bedchamber' is generally used to translate the French Gentilhomme de la Chambre, who would perform the duties of the Grand Chamberlain of France during his absence from court. He would oversee the king's entertainments and physicians.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c R. O. Bucholz, 'The bedchamber: Gentlemen of the Bedchamber', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 14-19 accessed 28 December 2009.
  2. ^ A Political Index to the Histories of Great Britain and Ireland
  3. ^ A Political Index to the Histories of Great Britain & Ireland
  4. ^ Velde, François R. (2004-08-24). "La Maison du Roi (The King's Household)". French Heraldry and Related Topics. Heraldica.org. Retrieved 2007-11-22.