George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon

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George Reginald Oliver Molyneux Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon (born 10 November 1956) is a British peer.

A god-son of Queen Elizabeth II,[1] he studied at Eton College, and graduated from St. John's College, Oxford. He succeeded to the title of 8th Earl Carnarvon on 11 September 2001.

He lives at Field House, Highclere Castle. Highclere has since achieved success as the filming location for "Downton Abbey".

He is currently second in line to the Earldoms of Pembroke and Montgomery (being a patrilineal 8th cousin of the current Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, William Herbert).[2]


He married Jayne M. Wilby on 16 December 1989, daughter of Kenneth A. Wilby and Princess Prospero Colonna di Stigliano; they had children:

then on 18 February 1999 he married Fiona J. M. Aitken, daughter of Ronnie Aitken and Frances Farmer; they had:

Lady Carnarvon is an historian who has written a biography of her predecessor, Almina, Countess of Carnarvon.[4]


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