This morning, The Queen attended the funeral of her close friend Jeanie, Countess of Carnarvon, at Highclere Castle in Newbury. Her Majesty monarch greeted Jeanie's son - her godson - George Herbert, the current Earl Of Carnarvon, and his wife Fiona Lady Carnarvon outside the church. Jeanie was born Jean Margaret Wallop at Big Horn, Sheridan, Wyoming on April 29 1935 - the daughter of Oliver Wallop and Jean, née Moore.
The countess was part English, part American. Her paternal grandfather, Oliver Henry Wallop, married Marguerite Walker of Kentucky while working as a ranger in the US state, but came back to England in 1925, suceeding his brother, who was unmarried, as 8th Earl of Portsmouth in 1925.Jeanie met her husband Henry Herbert, or Lord Porchester, at Uckfield House in Sussex - the residence of her cousin Lady Rupert Nevill, a childhood friend of The Queen. Her husband, Lord Rupert Charles Montecute Nevill, was a member of the aristocratic Nevill Family and Treasurer and subsequently Private Secretary to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, between 1970 and 1982. Jeanie and Henry married in 1956 in St James Episcopal Church, Madison Avenue. They returned to the UK and went on to have three children - George (Geordie), the current Earl of Carnarvon, in 1956; Henry (Harry), born in 1959, and Carolyn, born in 1962, who is married to John Warren, current bloodstock adviser to the Queen with his son Jake.Jeanie's husband, the late Lord Porchester, had been part of the Princess Margaret set in the early 1950s and was a lifelong friend of The Queen. He became the Queen's racing manager in 1969, and Her Majesty regularly stayed with the couple at Milford Lake House, where they continued to live after Henry succeeded as 7th Earl of Carnarvon in 1987. When Lord Carnarvon died in 2001, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip flew down from Balmoral to attend his funeral. Jeanie and The Queen remained close friends, and she invited her to a concert in Newbury to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Spring Festival. #queenelizabeth #uk #kensingtonpalace #buckinghampalace #greatbritain #frogmorehouse #britishroyals #britishmonarchy #followme #followback #tagsforlikesapp