When Kate made a glamorous appearance at a gala dinner in Norfolk this week, she was in equally stylish company as she chatted with a stunning friend. Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, hosted the duchess and husband Prince William on Wednesday evening (June 23) and royal fans were wondering just who she is.
Rose, 32, is the wife of David Cholmondeley, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley. In June 2009 the couple announced their engagement, the next day it was revealed they were expecting and just a day later they tied the knot.
Rose and David have three children, six-year-old twins Alexander, Earl of Rocksavage and Oliver, Lord Cholmondeley, and three-month-old daughter Lady Iris.
A former model, Rose had a brief stint in parliament with then-shadow education minister Michael Gove before acute morning sickness cut her career short. During her time in front of the camera, Rose was shot by Storm Models – the agency that discovered Kate Moss.
David, 55, inherited an estimated $198 million estate 25 years ago, which included Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.
And it appears Rose's royal connection dates back further than her friendship with Kate and William. Her paternal grandmother Lady Rose Lambert was a bridesmaid at the Queen's wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.
The Marchioness lives with her husband and children at the Palladian Houghton Hall in Norfolk, just over three miles away from Kate and William's Anmer Hall.