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George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon
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George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon

George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (June 26, 1866 - April 5, 1923) was the noted excavator of King Tutankhamun's tomb.

He married on June 26, 1895, Almina Victoria Maria Alexandra Wombwell, daughter of Marie Boyer, the wife of Frederick Charles Wombwell, but her real father was possibly the unmarried Rothschild family member Alfred Rothschild who made Lady Carnarvon his heiress.

Their grandson, Henry George Reginald Molyneux Herbert, 7th Earl of Carnarvon, was Racing Manager to Queen Elizabeth II since 1969, and one of Her Majesty's closest friends.

The 5th Earl was an enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist. In 1907 he undertook to sponsor the excavation of the royal tombs at Thebes by Howard Carter. It was in 1922 that they opened the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, exposing treasures that are unsurpassed in the history of archaeology. A few months later, Carnarvon died suddenly, giving credence to the story of the "Curse of Tutankhamun". His companion, Howard Carter, lived for another seventeen years.

Preceded by:
Henry Herbert
Earl of Carnarvon Followed by:
Henry Herbert