Chamberlain (office)

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The Key of a Chamberlain at the Royal Court of Norway.

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 the 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


  • Grand Chamberlain of The Councils of Brunei

Around the year of 2012, The Grand Chamberlain of The Council, Alauddin bin Abu Bakar, on emergency broadcast had announced the divorce between the Sultan and his third wife.[1]

June 7, 2015. The Grand Chamberlain of Brunei announced the new born prince of Deputy Sultan, Crown Prince of Brunei

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".