David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley

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The Marquess of Cholmondeley

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Lord 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
Assumed office
13 March 1990
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byHugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess
Personal details
David George Philip Cholmondeley

(1960-06-27) 27 June 1960 (age 61)
Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire, England
Sarah Rose Hanbury
(m. 2009)

David George Philip Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, KCVO, DL (/ˈʌmli/ 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.

Early life and education[edit]

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 Lavinia, Marchioness of Cholmondeley (née Leslie).[1] He is also a descendant of both the Rothschild family and the Sassoon family through his paternal grandmother, Sybil Sassoon.[2] He has three older sisters: the Ladies Rose, Margot (married Tony Huston), and Caroline (married Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger).

Like many members of his family, Cholmondeley was educated at Eton College. He later took classes at the Sorbonne.[citation needed]


Film industry[edit]

Lord Cholmondeley is a filmmaker. As David Rocksavage, he also appeared in a small part in Eric Rohmer's film, 4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle (1987). 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.[citation needed] In 1995, he directed the film adaptation of Truman Capote's novel Other Voices, Other Rooms.[3]

In 2007, he directed The Wreck (working title), starring Jean Simmons and James Wilby. The film was shot in Norfolk. It was later renamed Shadows in the Sun and released in 2009.[3]

Inherited title[edit]

Cholmondeley became Marquess of Cholmondeley on 13 March 1990, upon the death of his father. Lord Cholmondeley does not sit in the House of Lords for debates as he is currently on "leave of absence",[4] although he does attend the House of Lords in his role of Lord Great Chamberlain.[5]

Lands and estates[edit]

Houghton Hall, Norfolk

The family seats are Houghton Hall in Norfolk, and Cholmondeley Castle, which is surrounded by a 7,500-acre (3,000-hectare) estate near Malpas, Cheshire.[6]

According to the Sunday Times Rich List in 2008, Cholmondeley has an estimated net worth of approximately £60m, attributed primarily to his inherited landholdings.[7] Houghton Hall, ancestral home of the Marquesses of Cholmondeley since the establishment of the title in 1815, opens some of its rooms to the public.

Position at court[edit]

In 1974, at the age of fourteen, Cholmondeley, then known as the Earl of Rocksavage, was appointed as a Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II.[8] He relinquished this role upon reaching the age limit in 1976.[9]

One moiety of the ancient office of Lord Great Chamberlain is a Cholmondeley inheritance.[10] This hereditary honour came into the Cholmondeley family through the marriage of the first Marquess of Cholmondeley to Lady Georgiana Charlotte Bertie, daughter of General Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13][14]

Marriage and children[edit]

Lord Cholmondeley married (Sarah) Rose Hanbury, a 25-year-old fashion model,[15] on 24 June 2009, their engagement having been announced the previous day. She is a daughter of Timothy Hanbury, a website designer, and Emma Hanbury (née Longman), a fashion designer. The landed gentry Hanbury family lived at Holfield Grange, Coggeshall, Essex.[16][17]

Her maternal grandmother is Lady Elizabeth Lambart, daughter of Field Marshal The 10th Earl of Cavan; Lady Elizabeth was one of the bridesmaids at the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth;[18] her paternal grandmother, Sara, was the daughter of racing driver Sir Henry ('Tim') Birkin, 3rd Baronet.[19]

Four-and-a-half months after their wedding, on 12 October 2009, the Marchioness gave birth to twin sons, Alexander Hugh George and Oliver Timothy George.[20][21] 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.[22]

A friendship between the Marquess and Marchioness and Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been reported; the Marchioness is a patron of the charity East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), along with the Duchess.[23]

Titles, styles and arms[edit]

Lord Cholmondeley's coat of arms
  • 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


  1. ^ "Christenings". The Times: 14. 3 October 1960.
  2. ^ "David George Philip Cholmondeley, 7th marquess of Cholmondeley". GeneAll.net. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b IMDb Archived 21 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine: David Rocksavage.
  4. ^ Parliamentary Biography Archived 16 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine http://www.parliament.uk
  5. ^ Tomlinson, Richard (20 December 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". Independent.
  6. ^ Caroline Donald. "The new garden at Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk," The Times (UK). 11 May 2008.
  7. ^ "Sunday Times Rich List," The Times (London). 2008.
  8. ^ "No. 46366". The London Gazette. 8 October 1974. p. 8535.
  9. ^ "No. 47111". The London Gazette. 31 December 1976. p. 17343.
  10. ^ Notes and Queries (1883 Jan–Jun), p. 42.
  11. ^ 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). Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "No. 52335". The London Gazette. 14 November 1990. p. 17651.
  13. ^ "No. 58358". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2007. p. 3.
  14. ^ "Full list of the Queen's Birthday Honours," The Times (London). 16 June 2007.
  15. ^ Ronald __. "Ancestors Cholmondeley – Hanbury" Peerage News, Google Groups, 25 June 2009.[better source needed]
  16. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry, 18th edition, ed. Peter Townend, 1965, vol. 1, p. 381
  17. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 2003, vol. 1, pp. 380, 716, vol. 3, p. 3075
  18. ^ Perry, S. "Queen Elizabeth Mourns the Death of Former Bridesmaid Lady Elizabeth Longman". People Magazine. Retrieved 23 March 2019. Lady Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Rose Hanbury, is married to the Marquis of Cholmondeley and is a very close friend of Prince William and less so Princess Kate
  19. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 2003, vol. 3, p. 3075
  20. ^ Google Groups — Peerage News
  21. ^ Google Groups — Peerage News
  22. ^ "Daughter for the Marquess & Marchioness of Cholmondeley". Peerage News. 30 March 2016.
  23. ^ "Lady Rose, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, becomes EACH Patron". Cambridge Network. Archived from the original on 28 January 2019.


External links[edit]

Court offices
Preceded by
David Bland
Page of Honour
Succeeded by
Charles Loyd
Preceded by
The 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley
Lord Great Chamberlain
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hugh Cholmondeley
Marquess of Cholmondeley
Alexander Cholmondeley, Earl of Rocksavage
Order of precedence in England and Wales
Preceded by
Ambassadors and High Commissioners
as Lord Great Chamberlain
Succeeded by
The Duke of Norfolk
as Earl Marshal