The son of Rose Hanbury, the woman who made headlines for months for her alleged affair with Prince William, played a prominent role in one of the British monarchy’s most important ceremonies.
King Charles and Queen Camilla attended the State Opening of Parliament, an event of solemnity second only to the coronation of the monarch last May.
As at the coronation, the King wore the Imperial Crown of State and his impressive mantle, and had to rely on his pages to walk comfortably, which is where Lord Oliver Cholmondeley comes in.
Lord Oliver Cholmondeley at the State Opening of Parliament
Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, the 13-year-old teenager, was one of those tasked with assisting King Charles during the ceremony, even taking the seat normally occupied by Prince George, the King’s grandson.
According to Tatler, only Nicholas, Ralph and Oliver repeated their roles as pages of honor, while Charles van Cutsem, son of Hugh and Rose van Cutsem, completed the group of youngsters.
According to the same media, Prince George was unable to attend due to his academic commitments, the same reason that led Kate Middleton to miss the Earthshot Prize ceremony in Singapore for the first time.
Prince William mentioned his wife’s absence, explaining that he had to stay in England to help Prince George with some very important exams he is taking this month.
He is believed to be preparing for the exams, which are used to assess a student’s aptitude and potential before they apply to secondary schools. The usually includes a test in English, math, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.