Prince William spotted with old pal at State Opening of Parliament

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PRINCE WILLIAM was at the State Opening of Parliament earlier with his old friend and near neighbour in Norfolk.

His role involves duties at the Palace of Westminster and, thanks to his title, he is tasked with a major role in ceremonies such as coronations.

He dresses in a distinctive scarlet court uniform when carrying out ceremonial work.

He was seen bearing a gold key and a white stave as the insignia of his office.

William and Cholmondeley

Prince William was seen with his old friend David Cholmondeley at the ceremony (Image: Getty)

Outside of his formal state duties, Cholmondeley is a filmmaker and directed the film adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel Other Voices, Other Rooms.

He has also appeared on the big screen, with a small part in Eric Rohmer’s film, “4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle”, which was released in 1987.

A long-time friend of Prince William, Lord Cholmondeley, who also held the title of the Earl of Rocksavage is a descendant of Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of Great Britain.

He is the son of Hugh Cholmondeley, Sixth Marquess of Cholmondeley, and Lavinia, Marchioness of Cholmondeley.

William and Cholmondeley

David Cholmondeley is an old friend of Prince William (Image: Getty)

William and Cholmondeley

Prince William met with David Cholmondeley at the State Opening of Parliament today (Image: Getty)

Like most members of his family, the Marquess was educated at Eton College and subsequently studied at the Sorbonne in Paris.

He’s also a near neighbour of the Duke of Cambridge, as he has a home in Norfolk.

His properties include Houghton Hall in Norfolk, and Cholmondeley Castle, which is surrounded by a 7,500-acre estate near Malpas, Cheshire.

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David Cholmondeley carrying the crown

David Cholmondeley carried the Imperial State Crown (Image: Getty)

The Marquess inherited his title upon the death of his father in 1990, and has an estimated net worth of approximately £60m.

Royal expert Richard Eden commented on the Marquess’ presence at the ceremony, referencing to his long-time friendship with the Duke of Cambridge.

Retweeting a picture of them, Mr Eden said: “Good to see Prince William with his old friend and Norfolk neighbour, the Marquess of Cholmondeley, David Rocksavage.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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