Rose Hanbury Wore a Striking Black and White Look to King Charles's Coronation

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The crowd at yesterday's coronation included diplomats, foreign king and queens, political leaders—and quite a few proud parents. King Charles and Queen Camilla's Pages of Honour had a starring role in the church service attending to the newly crowned monarch and Queen Consort, carrying their robes, and generally standing in the spotlight. So it only makes sense that the moms, dads, and grandparents of these youngsters would be featured on event's exclusive the guest list.

That includes Prince William and Kate Middleton's friend Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley. Her son, Oliver served as one of the King's Pages of Honour, alongside Prince George, and Nicholas Barclay and Ralph Tollemache, whose grandparents are close friends of Charles and Camilla.

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Another snap of Rose Hanbury at the coronation.Karwai Tang - Getty Images

For yesterday's occasion, Hanbury, who is a former fashion model and political researcher, opted to wear a white dress with bold black detailing, including thick bands on her sleeves and a bow at her neck. She paired the look with a veiled headband, drop earrings, and what appear to be Aquazzura bow heels, a style which is a favorite of both Meghan Markle and the Princess of Wales.

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In the past, there have been rumors that Hanbury and Kate do not get along—in 2019, The Sun even called her the Princess's "rival" in an article which has since been taken down. (In the Daily Mail, Richard Kay later reported that both women "have considered legal action but, because none of the reports have been able to offer any evidence about what the so-called dispute is about, they have chosen to ignore it.") But, despite speculation, Hanbury has been seen appearing with the royals on multiple occasions in recent years.

In 2019, she attended the Buckingham Palace banquet in honor of President Trump's state visit to the UK. And in January of 2020, she was photographed at church in Sandringham with the Cambridges. More recently, she attended both the service of Thanksgiving in honor of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth's funeral. Her husband, David, the Marquess of Cholmondeley, is also King Charles's Lord-in-Waiting.

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