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Prince William’s pal will not stay in royal role for King Charles’ coronation

Prince William's close friend, the Marquess of Cholmondeley, will no longer be carrying out his royal-related duties following the Queen's death.

The Marquess, whose name is David Rocksavage, acted as the Lord Great Chamberlain during Elizabeth II's reign and was required to walk backwards facing the monarch at the State Opening of Parliament this year.

However, since the ascension of King Charles III, the duty has been passed to Rupert Carrington, known as the 7th Lord Carrington, as the ceremonial role changes to a different aristocratic family when a new reign begins.

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Rupert began his first duties on Monday (September 12), greeting the King and Queen Consort Camilla at Westminster Hall.

He is also expected to have a starring role in King Charles III's Coronation, thought to take place next year, with his duties including dressing the monarch on the day, as well as serving them water before and after the banquet.

As part of his role, he will wear a scarlet court uniform and bear a gold key and white stave as part of the insignia.

Friends of David Rocksavage have said that the filmmaker isn't too upset about relinquishing his role, telling the Daily Mail: "David always knew he would not have the job for life. It was an honour to carry it out for as long as he did."

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David, 62, is married to Rose Hanbury, 38, with the couple residing in their 10-bedroom Grade I listed property, Houghton Hall, just a few miles away from the Prince and Princess of Wales' home, Anmer Hall, in Sandringham.

The pair married in 2009 and gave birth to twin sons in the same year, before welcoming a daughter, in 2016.

David inherited his aristocratic title in 1990 after his father passed away and is estimated to be worth around £122m, which also includes ownership of Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.


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