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GALLERY: Evelyn Carnarvon

Lady Evelyn accompanied her father, and by 24 November 1922 both had arrived in Egypt and were present when the full extent of the stairway to the tomb was cleared and a seal containing the Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s cartouche was found over the doorway. This door was opened and the rubble filled corridor behind cleared, revealing the door to the main tomb. This door, and the main tomb, were to be officially opened under the supervision of the Egyptian Department of Antiquities on 29 November. However on the 26th and 27th, Carter, his assistant Arthur Challender, Lord Carnarvon and Lady Evelyn made one or more unauthorised visits inside the tomb, becoming the first people in modern times to enter it. Challender rigged up electric lighting, illuminating a jumble of items, including gilded couches, chests, thrones, and shrines. They also found two more sealed doorways, including one to the inner burial chamber, guarded by two life-size statues of Tutankhamun. A small hole was found in this doorway and Carter, Carnarvon and Lady Evelyn crawled through it into the inner burial chamber. The diary of Lord Carnarvon’s half-brother Mervyn Herbert, although not a first-hand account, notes that Lady Evelyn, being the smallest of the party, was the first person to enter the burial chamber.

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George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon , DL (26 June 1866 – 5 April 1923), styled Lord Porchester until 1890, was an English peer and aristocrat best known as the financial backer of the search for and the excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings .

Almina Herbert, Countess of Carnarvon (15 August 1876 – 8 May 1969), was the wife of George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon , and châtelaine of Highclere Castle in Hampshire . [1] After her second marriage she was known as Almina Dennistoun .

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