Kate Middleton and Prince William’s friend relinquished royal role upon Queen's death

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The passing of the crown from one Monarch to the next sees many changes occur from public ones to subtle, private changes.

One of the many alterations will see a close friend of the Prince and Princess of Wales no longer play a key role in the firm.

The Marquess of Cholmondeley, who was the Lord Great Chamberlain for Her Majesty the Queen has been replaced, as history dictates upon the death of a monarch.

Historically, the role is handed over to another aristocratic family upon the passing of the sovereign.

David Rocksavage, 61, reportedly “always knew he would not have the job for life”, one of his friends told the Daily Mail.

He continued: “It was an honour to carry it out for as long as he did.”

The man taking over the position will be the seventh Lord Carrington, 73, whose father was Foreign Secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet. 

The ceremonial role sees the person walk backwards in front of the sovereign at the State Opening of Parliament for the entirety of their reign.

The Marquess was also able to play a major role in official royal events, reserved the right to dress the monarch for her coronation and to serve them water before and after the coronation banquet and investing the sovereign with the insignia of rule.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Cornwall stay at their ten-bedroom residence in Norfolk while the Marquess and Marchioness live two miles away at Houghton Hall. 

The Queen’s coffin arrived in London on Tuesday and the car carrying the precious cargo entered Buckingham Palace at around 8 to the sound of applause and cheers. 

Members of the public will now be able to pay their respects to the Queen as she lies in state in Westminster for the next few days.



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