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Henry Herbert, 7th Earl of Carnarvon

Henry George Reginald Molyneux Herbert, 7th Earl of Carnarvon, KCVO, KBE, DL (19 January 1924[1] – 11 September 2001[2]) was a British peer and racing manager to Queen Elizabeth II from 1969.[3] He was the only son of the 6th Earl of Carnarvon by his first wife Catherine Wendell.

The Earl of Carnarvon
Born19 January 1924 (1924-01-19)
Died11 September 2001(2001-09-11) (aged 77)
Spouse(s)Jean Margaret Wallop
ChildrenGeorge Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon
Hon. Harry Herbert
Lady Carolyn Warren
Parent(s)Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon
Catherine Wendell

Marriage and childrenEdit

Like his father, Carnarvon (then known as Lord Porchester) fell in love with an Anglo-American, Jean Margaret Wallop (1935-2019), of Big Horn, Wyoming.[4] The Wallop family were also members of the English nobility not far from the Earls of Carnarvon. The head of the Wallop family is the Earl of Portsmouth. The two were married on 7 January 1956[2] in St James's Episcopal Church, New York.[5]

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon had three children:[6]

  • George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon (10 November 1956), who married Jayne Wilby on 16 December 1989; they were divorced in January 1998. They have two children. He married Fiona Aitken on 18 February 1999. They have one son.
  • The Hon. Henry "Harry" Herbert (2 March 1959), who married Francesca Bevan in 1992. They have three children.
    • Chloe Victoria Herbert (1994) [7]
    • Francesca Jeanie Herbert (21 November 1995)
    • William Henry Herbert (14 November 1999)
  • Lady Carolyn Herbert,[8] (27 January 1962), who married John Warren in 1985. They have three children:
    • Jakie James Warren (1986)
    • Susanna Warren (1988)
    • Alexander Edward Warren (1994)

Lady Carnarvon died on 10 April 2019.[9]


He served as a lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards, and later become Honorary Colonel of the 116th (Hampshire Fortress) Engineer Regiment (Territorial Army).

Lord Carnavon was best known as a lifetime personal friend of Queen Elizabeth II's and as the manager of her racing stables. The Queen called Lord Carnarvon "Porchey", after the courtesy title he used before succeeding to the earldom of Carnarvon upon the death of his father, the sixth earl. After his death, John Warren succeeded his father-in-law as the Queen’s racing manager.[10]

Carnarvon was an independent member of the Hampshire County Council (though he later took the Tory whip) and became its Chairman. He was also the Chairman of the South East Economic Planning Council.

He was invested as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1982.[2]

Cultural depictionsEdit

He is featured as a character in the first two seasons of the Netflix drama The Crown, portrayed by Joseph Kloska.


  1. ^ a b Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda (Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998), p. 150
  2. ^ a b c Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 1, p. 699
  3. ^ Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, p. 698
  4. ^ "Person Page". Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Jeanie, Countess of Carnarvon"; The Times (London); Friday April 26 2019, p. 49
  6. ^ Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  7. ^ Soames, Matilda. "10 PERFECT POTENTIAL BRIDES FOR PRINCE HARRY!". Tatler.
  8. ^ "Lady Carolyn Warren". Tatler.
  9. ^ Charlotte, Booth. "Jeannie, Countess of Carnarvon dies". Newbury Today. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  10. ^ "September 11th 2001: The Day The Queen Lost Her Best Friend". The Morton Report.

External linksEdit

Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Herbert
Earl of Carnarvon
Succeeded by
George Herbert