Edward Stanley (also known as “Teddy”) was born to Hugh Stanley and his wife Rose Stanley (née Birch). He lives at Knowsley Hall near Liverpool, and also has a residence in London.
Stanley inherited the title of Earl of Derby in 1994, on the death of an uncle. He also inherited the Knowsley Estate, the Knowsley Safari Park and Stanley House Stud on Hatchfield Farm. He is president of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, serves as a member of the University of Liverpool Council (receiving an Honorary Degree from the university in 2008) and is one of seven trustees of the Cameron House Foundation, which provides reduced-rate bursaries to Cameron House School, pre-prep and prep school in the prestigious Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London. Stanley married Caroline Neville, the daughter of Lord Braybrooke of Audley End. The couple have three children:
- Lady Henrietta Stanley (b. 1997)
- Edward John Robin Stanley, Lord Stanley, Heir to title (b. 1998)
- The Honourable Oliver Stanley (b. 2002)
Their son Edward Stanley is the godson of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and was Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II between 2008 and 2012, appearing in three Garter services and four State Openings of Parliament. He held the Garter around the leg of Prince William during his installation as 1000th Knight of the Garter.