Henry Herbert, 7th Earl of Carnarvon
The Earl of Carnarvon
|7th Earl of Carnarvon|
|Born||Henry George Reginald Molyneux Herbert|
19 January 1924
Lancaster Gate, London, England
|Died||11 September 2001 (aged 77)|
Jean Margaret Wallop
|Parents||Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon|
Anne Catherine Tredick née Wendell
Henry George Reginald Molyneux Herbert, 7th Earl of Carnarvon,  – 11 September 2001), was a British peer and racing manager to Queen Elizabeth II from 1969. He was the only son of the 6th Earl of Carnarvon by his wife Catherine Wendell. From his birth to September 1987, he was known by the courtesy title Lord Porchester. He owned the family seat, Highclere Castle.(19 January 1924
Marriage and children
On 7 January 1956, Carnarvon (then known by his courtesy title Lord Porchester) married Jean Margaret Wallop (1935–2019) of Big Horn, Wyoming, in St. James' Episcopal Church in New York City. She was a granddaughter of Oliver Wallop, 8th Earl of Portsmouth. Carnarvon's father, the 6th Earl had also married an Anglo-American.
The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon had three children:
- George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon (born 10 November 1956). Married Jayne Wilby on 16 December 1989, had two children, and divorced in January 1998. He then married Fiona Aitken on 18 February 1999 with whom he had one son:
- Lady Saoirse Herbert (born 2 June 1991)
- George Kenneth Oliver Molyneux Herbert, Lord Porchester (born 13 October 1992), the heir to the titles
- Hon. Edward Herbert (born 10 October 1999)
- The Hon. Henry "Harry" Herbert (2 March 1959), who married Francesca Bevan in 1992. They have three children:
- Chloe Victoria Herbert (born 1994)
- Francesca Jeanie Herbert (born 21 November 1995)
- William Henry Herbert (born 14 November 1999)
- Lady Carolyn Herbert, (born 27 January 1962), who married John Warren in 1985. They have three children:
- Jakie James Warren (born 1986)
- Susanna Warren (born 1988)
- Alexander Edward Warren (born 1994)
Life and career
After attending Eton College, Carnarvon served in the Royal Horse Guards during the Second World War, serving in Egypt and Italy. He left the army as a lieutenant in 1947, after which he studied at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, with a view to farming, and managing the stud on his father's Highclere estate.
Lord Carnarvon had been a personal friend of Queen Elizabeth II since their teenage years. The Queen often visited Highclere Castle and – like his other friends – called him 'Porchey', after his Lord Porchester courtesy title. In 1969 Carnarvon was appointed the Queen's racing manager, a position he held until his death in 2001. His son the 8th Earl, who is the Queen's godson, observed that "it was a very equal friendship ranging over many interests. They were from the same generation. They had been through the war. They shared a great love of the countryside and wildlife as well as horses. He and the Queen had a similar passion for every aspect and detail of horse breeding." The Queen broke with custom and attended the Earl's funeral, and remained a friend of his widow, Jeanie.
Lord Carnarvon became an influential figure in British horseracing, establishing a reputation as a successful breeder at the Highclere Stud. He played a leading role in the administration and restructuring of the racing industry. In 1964 he was elected to the Jockey Club and was Chairman of the club's race planning committee (1967–85) and, as well as being the Queen's racing manager, he was an active member of several other racing committees. He was appointed President of Newbury Racecourse in 1985.
Carnarvon was an independent member of the Hampshire County Council for 24 years and served as its Chairman from 1973–77. He also served on a number of public bodies, including the Sports Council (1965–70), Agricultural Research Council (1978–82) and was Chairman of the South East Economic Planning Council (1971–79). He served as President of Hampshire County Cricket Club (1966–68) and became Honorary Colonel of the 115th (Hampshire Fortress) Engineer Regiment (Territorial Army) in 1963.
He succeeded as Earl of Carnarvon in 1987, and sat in the House of Lords as a crossbencher, using his position to promote the interests of horseracing. He also inherited the family seat, Highclere Castle.
The Earl of Carnarvon died on 11 September 2001 aged 77, after a heart attack. He was succeeded as the Queen's racing manager by his son-in-law John Warren, a former stable boy who had worked at the Highclere Stud and married his daughter Carolyn.
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