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 and arable farmer.

A godson 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.

His family seat, Highclere Castle, has since achieved notability as the primary filming location for the television series Downton Abbey.

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

Family[edit]

He married Jayne M. Wilby on 16 December 1989, daughter of Kenneth A. Wilby and Princess Prospero Colonna di Stigliano. They divorced in 1998. They had two children:

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

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

Ancestry[edit]

Arms[edit]

Arms of George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon
Arms of the Earl of Carnarvon.svg
Coronet
A Coronet of an Earl
Crest
A Wyvern with wings elevated Vert holding in the mouth a Sinister Hand couped at the wrist Gules
Escutcheon
Per pale Azure and Gules three Lions rampant Argent
Supporters
Dexter: a Panther guardant Argent semée of Torteaux and Hurts flames issuant from the mouth and ears proper; Sinister: a Lion Argent, each ducally gorged per pale Azure and Gules and chained Or and charged on the shoulder with an Ermine Spot Sable
Motto
UNG JE SERVIRRAY (ONE I WILL SERVE)

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External links[edit]

Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Herbert
Earl of Carnarvon
2001–
Succeeded by
current