David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley
|The Most Honourable|
The Marquess of Cholmondeley
Cholmondeley at the Palace of Westminster in 1992, wearing the ceremonial dress of Lord Great Chamberlain and holding a white staff of office, borne by certain senior officers of the Royal Household
|Lord Great Chamberlain of England|
Assumed office |
13 March 1990
|Preceded by||Hugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess|
David George Philip Cholmondeley|
27 June 1960
Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire, England
Sarah Rose Hanbury (m. 2009)
David George Philip Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, KCVO DL (// CHUM-lee); born 27 June 1960), styled Viscount Malpas from birth until 1968, and subsequently Earl of Rocksavage until 1990, is a British peer and filmmaker. He also acts as Lord Great Chamberlain of the United Kingdom, a role he is entitled to hold for the duration of present Queen's reign.
Early life and education
Lord Cholmondeley is a descendant of Sir Robert Walpole (1676–1745), the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. He is the son of Hugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley, and his wife, the former Lavinia Margaret Leslie. He is also a descendent of both the Rothschild family and the Sassoon family through his paternal grandmother, Sybil Sassoon. He has three elder sisters: the Ladies Rose, Margot (married Tony Huston), and Caroline (married Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger).
Lord Cholmondeley is a filmmaker. As David Rocksavage, he also appeared in a small part in Eric Rohmer's 1987 film, 4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle. His professional name is derived from his title of Earl of Rocksavage. His chosen career was put on hold when he succeeded to the marquessate in 1990.
Cholmondeley became Marquess of Cholmondeley on 13 March 1990, upon the death of his father. Cholmondeley does not sit in the House of Lords for debates as he is currently on "leave of absence", although he does attend the House of Lords in his role of Lord Great Chamberlain of England.
Lands and estates
According to the Sunday Times Rich List in 2008, Cholmondeley has an estimated net worth of approximately £60m, attributed primarily to his inherited landholdings. Houghton Hall, ancestral home of the Marquesses of Cholmondeley since the establishment of the title in 1815, has now opened some of its rooms to the public.
Position at court
In 1974, Cholmondeley (then known as the Earl of Rocksavage) was a Page of Honour to the Queen at the age of 14. He relinquished this role upon reaching the age limit of retirement in 1976.
One moiety of the ancient office of Lord Great Chamberlain is a Cholmondeley inheritance. This hereditary honour came into the Cholmondeley family through the marriage of the first Marquess of Cholmondeley to Lady Georgiana Charlotte Bertie, daughter of Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven. The second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh holders of the marquessate have all held this office.
Cholmondeley began acting as the hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain to Her Majesty in 1990. In the Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2007, Lord Cholmondeley was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) for his 17 years of service as Lord Great Chamberlain.
Marriage and children
Lord Cholmondeley married (Sarah) Rose Hanbury, a 25-year-old fashion model turned researcher, on 24 June 2009, their engagement having been announced the previous day. She is a daughter of Tim Hanbury, a website designer, and his fashion designer wife, Emma. Her maternal grandmother is Lady Elizabeth Lambart, daughter of the 10th Earl of Cavan, who was one of the bridesmaids at the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth.
The announcement that Lady Cholmondeley was expecting twins was revealed by Richard Kay of the Daily Mail and Mandrake of The Daily Telegraph. On 12 October 2009, the Marchioness gave birth to twin sons, Alexander Hugh George and Oliver Timothy George, who were originally expected in January. The birth took place shortly after Lady Cholmondeley was rushed to Queen Charlotte's Hospital in London, where she was monitored for two weeks. The elder son, Alexander, as heir apparent to the Marquessate, bears the courtesy title of Earl of Rocksavage; his brother is known as Lord Oliver Cholmondeley.
In March 2016 the Marquess and Marchioness had their third child, a daughter, Lady Iris Marina Aline Cholmondeley.
Titles, styles and arms
Titles and styles
- 27 June 1960 – 6 September 1968: Viscount Malpas
- 6 September 1968 – 13 March 1990: Earl of Rocksavage
- 13 March 1990 – present: The Most Honourable The Marquess of Cholmondeley
|Ancestors of David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley|
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- "David George Philip Cholmondeley, 7th marquess of Cholmondeley". GeneAll.net. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
- IMDb Archived 21 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine.: David Rocksavage.
- Lundy, Darryl. "6th Marquess of Cholmondeley, ID #85434". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
- Parliamentary Biography http://www.parliament.uk
- Tomlinson, Richard (20 December 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". Independent.
- Caroline, Donald. "The new garden at Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk," The Times (UK). 11 May 2008.
- "Sunday Times Rich List," The Times (London). 2008.
- "No. 46366". The London Gazette. 8 October 1974. p. 8535.
- "No. 47111". The London Gazette. 31 December 1976. p. 17343.
- Notes and Queries (1883 Jan–Jun), p. 42.
- Portcullis: Deed of Covenant and Agreement between Lord Willoughby de Eresby, The Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley and the Marquis of Cholmondeley re the exercise of the Office of Hereditary Great Chamberlain (16 May 1829).
- "No. 52335". The London Gazette. 14 November 1990. p. 17651.
- "No. 58358". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2007. p. 3.
- "Full list of the Queen's Birthday Honours," The Times (London). 16 June 2007.
- Ronald __. "Ancestors Cholmondeley – Hanbury" Peerage News, Google Groups, 25 June 2009.[better source needed]
- "Thunderbirds are NOT go (as ITV reject relaunch plan)". Daily Mail. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
- Google Groups — Peerage News
- Google Groups — Peerage News
- "Toff hats off to the Marquess of Cholmondeley... Daily Mail, 15 October 2009.
- "Daughter for the Marquess & Marchioness of Cholmondeley". Peerage News.
- Debrett, John, Charles Kidd, David Williamson. (1990). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. New York: Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-333-38847-1
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Marquess of Cholmondeley
- David Rocksavage on IMDb
- Houghton Hall
- Cholmondeley Castle
- Photos of Houghton Hall and Cholmondley Castle: As a special Millennium project, Garlinda Birkbeck was commissioned by the Marquis of Cholmondeley to photograph every house, building and person on his estates in Norfolk and Cheshire, capturing the world of his estates at the turn of the year 1999/2000.
- Allen Warren Photographer: Marquis of Cholmondeley in uniform of Lord Great Chamberlain for State Opening of Parliament, standing in front of throne
- Mitchell Owens's interview with Lord Cholmondeley in The New York Times, 14 December 1997
- David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley
- Pedigree at Genealogics
| Page of Honour
The 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley
| Lord Great Chamberlain
|Order of precedence in England and Wales,|
Ambassadors and High Commissioners
as Lord Great Chamberlain
The Duke of Norfolk
as Earl Marshal
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
| Marquess of Cholmondeley
Alexander Cholmondeley, Earl of Rocksavage