The Most Eyebrow-Raising Elements of King Charles’ Coronation, Explained

The Stone of Destiny. A very fancy spoon. Shards from Jesus' cross??? And of course, some light gossip...

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The Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley

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The Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley
Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire, Press Association (AP)

Last but not least, some gossip-adjacent elements of the ceremony: Back in the halcyon days of Spring 2019, before royals drama began and ended with Meghan Markle, it was widely rumored that Prince William (now second in line for the throne) had stepped out on Kate Middleton with their neighbor, Rose Hanbury aka the Marchioness of Cholmondeley (pronounced “chumley,” naturally), in white above. (I’m sorry but she looks so like Kate, it’s bizarre.) Their group of friends out in the countryside, inexplicably called the “turnip toffs,” was never the same, and Kate reportedly demanded that she be iced out.

In any case, Rose’s husband, David Cholmondeley, comes from a long line of aristocrats, and in 2022 he was awarded “the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) which recognizes distinguished personal service to the monarch,” according to the Associated Press—so he’s hot shit in royal circles. So hot that he’s been made King Charles’ Lord-in-Waiting, which means that he and Rose will attend various royal occasions, and he will sometimes act as a representative of the King, the Daily Mail reported. The idea that your dad would appoint the husband of your ex-lover as one of his closest associates? Delightfully juicy, absolutely no notes.

Rose and David’s 13-year-old son, Oliver, will also be one of the pages in the procession into Westminster Abbey, alongside Prince George.

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