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David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley

The Most Honourable
The Marquess of Cholmondeley
Photograph of Lord Cholmondeley at the Palace of Westminster in 1992
Lord Great Chamberlain of England
Assumed office
13 March 1990
Serving with 13 others
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Hugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess
Personal details
Born David George Philip Cholmondeley
(1960-06-27) 27 June 1960
Cholmondeley Castle
Malpas, Cheshire
Nationality English
Spouse(s) Sarah Rose Hanbury
Children 2
Residence Houghton Hall
Cholmondeley Castle
Profession Filmmaker
Lord Cholmondeley's coat of arms

David George Philip Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley KCVO ( ); born 27 June 1960), was styled from birth Viscount Malpas until 1968, and subsequently Earl of Rocksavage until 1990. He is a Peer of the United Kingdom, and as of 2013 serves as Lord Great Chamberlain of the United Kingdom, as a 14-partite holder of that office.[1]


  • Personal 1
  • Career 2
    • Film industry 2.1
    • Political career 2.2
  • Lands and estates 3
  • Position at court 4
  • Ancestry 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Lord Cholmondeley is a direct 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.[2] He is also a direct descendent of both the Rothschild family and the Sassoon family through his paternal grandmother, Sybil Sassoon.[3] He has three elder sisters, the Ladies Rose, Margot (married Tony Huston), and Caroline (married Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger).

Like numerous members of his family, Cholmondeley was educated at Eton College. He later took classes at the Sorbonne.[1]

Lord Cholmondeley married (Sarah) Rose Hanbury, a 25-year-old fashion model turned researcher,[4] 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.

The announcement that she was expecting twins was revealed by Richard Kay of the

Court offices
Preceded by
David Bland
Page of Honour
Succeeded by
Charles Loyd
Preceded by
The 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley
Lord Great Chamberlain
Order of precedence in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Preceded by
Foreign ministers, envoys, etc.
Lord Great Chamberlain
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Winchester
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Cholmondeley
Marquess of Cholmondeley
  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Marquess of Cholmondeley
  • David Rocksavage at the Internet Movie Database
  • 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

External links

  • Debrett, John, Charles Kidd, David Williamson. (1990). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. New York: Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-333-38847-1


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  2. ^ "Christenings".  
  3. ^ "David George Philip Cholmondeley, 7th marquess of Cholmondeley". Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Ronald __. "Ancestors Cholmondeley – Hanbury" Peerage News, Google Groups, 25 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Thunderbirds are NOT go (as ITV reject relaunch plan)". 23 June 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Google Groups — Peerage News
  7. ^ Google Groups — Peerage News
  8. ^ "Toff hats off to the Marquess of Cholmondeley... Daily Mail, 15 October 2009.
  9. ^ a b c IMDb: David Rocksavage.
  10. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "6th Marquess of Cholmondeley, ID #85434". The Peerage. 
  11. ^ Parliamentary Biography
  12. ^ Tomlinson, Richard (20 Dec 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". Independent. 
  13. ^ Caroline, Donald. "The new garden at Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk," The Times (UK). 11 May 2008.
  14. ^ "Sunday Times Rich List," The Times (London). 2008.
  15. ^ The London Gazette: no. 46366. p. 8535. 8 October 1974. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  16. ^ The London Gazette: no. 47111. p. 17343. 31 December 1976. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  17. ^ (1883 Jan-Jun), p. 42.Notes and Queries
  18. ^ 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).
  19. ^ The London Gazette: no. 52335. p. 17651. 14 November 1990. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  20. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58358. p. 3. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Full list of the Queen's Birthday Honours," The Times (London). 16 June 2007.



Cholmondeley began acting as the hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain to Her Majesty in 1990.[19][1] 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' service as Lord Great Chamberlain.[20][21]

One Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven.[18] The second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh holders of the marquessate have all held this office.

In 1974, young Cholmondeley (then known as the Earl of Rocksavage) was a Page of Honour to the Queen at the age of 14.[15][1] He relinquished this role upon reaching the age limit of retirement in 1976.[16]

Position at court

According to the Sunday Times Rich List in 2008, Cholmondeley has an estimated net worth of approximately £60m, attributed primarily to his inherited landholdings.[14] 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.

The family seats are Houghton Hall, Norfolk, and Cholmondeley Castle, which is surrounded by a 7,500 acres (30 km2) estate near Malpas, Cheshire.[13]

Houghton Hall, Norfolk

Lands and estates

Cholmondeley became Marquess of Cholmondeley in 1990 upon the death of his father.[10] Cholmondeley does not sit in the House of Lords for debates as he is currently on "leave of absence",[11] although he does attend the House of Lords in his role of Lord Great Chamberlain of England.[12]

Political career

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 was released in 2009.[9]

In 1995, he directed the film adaptation of Truman Capote's novel Other Voices, Other Rooms.[9]

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.[9] 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.[10]

Film industry


[8]; his brother is known as Lord Oliver Cholmondeley.Earl of Rocksavage of courtesy title 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 [7][6]

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