Henry Herbert, 7th Earl of Carnarvon

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The Earl of Carnarvon
Born 19 January 1924 (1924-01-19)
Lancaster Gate, London, England[1]
Died 10 September 2001(2001-09-10) (aged 77)
Spouse(s) Jean Margaret Wallop
Children George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon
Hon. Harry Herbert
Lady Carolyn Warren
Parents Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon
Catherine Wendell

Henry George Reginald Molyneux Herbert, 7th Earl of Carnarvon, KCVO (19 January 1924[1] – 10 September 2001[2]) was Racing Manager to Queen Elizabeth II from 1969.[3]

The Earl of Carnarvon was the only son of the 6th Earl of Carnarvon by his first (American-born) wife Catherine Wendell.

Marriage and children[edit]

Like his father, Carnarvon (then known as Lord Porchester) also fell in love with an Anglo-American, Jean Margaret Wallop of Big Horn, Wyoming. The Wallop family were also members of the English nobility from the South East of England. The two were married on 7 January 1956.[2]

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon had three children:[4]

  • George, who became the 8th Earl of Carnarvon
  • The Hon. Harry Herbert
  • Lady Carolyn Herbert,[5] who married bloodstock agent John Warren.


He served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards, later becoming Honorary Colonel of the 116th (Hampshire Fortress) Engineer Regiment (Territorial Army).

Lord Carnavon was best known as a lifetime personal friend of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as being the manager of the Queen's racing stables. The Queen called Lord Carnarvon "Porchy," after the courtesy title he used before succeeding to the earldom of Carnarvon upon the death of his father, the sixth earl. After his death, John Warren succeeded his father-in-law as the Queen’s racing manager.[6]

Carnarvon was an independent member of the Hampshire County Council (though he later took the Tory whip) and became its Chairman. He was also the Chairman of the South East Economic Planning Council.

He was invested as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1982.[2] He died aged 77 in 2001.


  1. ^ a b Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda (Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998), p. 150
  2. ^ a b c Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 1, p. 699
  3. ^ Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, p. 698
  4. ^ Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  5. ^ "Lady Carolyn Warren". Tatler. 
  6. ^ "September 11th 2001: The Day The Queen Lost Her Best Friend". The Morton Report. 

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Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Herbert
Earl of Carnarvon
Succeeded by
George Herbert