- Martin Charteris, Baron Charteris of Amisfield
The Right Honourable
The Lord Charteris of Amisfield
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Private Secretary to the Sovereign In office
Monarch Elizabeth II Preceded by Lt. Col. The Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Adeane Succeeded by The Rt. Hon. Sir Philip Moore Personal details Nationality British Alma mater Royal Military College, Sandhurst
Charteris was the son of Hugo Charteris, Lord Elcho and a brother of the 12th Earl of Wemyss. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was commissioned in the King's Royal Rifle Corps. He fought in the Middle East during World War II, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. On his return, he married Hon. Mary Margesson (a daughter of the 1st Viscount Margesson) on 16 December 1944 and they had three children. He retired from the Army in 1951.
In 1950, he was appointed Private Secretary to Princess Elizabeth, who was then Duchess of Edinburgh and heir presumptive to the British throne. From her accession in 1952 until 1972, he served as her Assistant Private Secretary under Sir Michael Adeane. On Adeane's retirement in 1972, he was promoted to Private Secretary. He held this post until his retirement in 1977 and returned to Eton as its Provost.
Charteris was probably most notable through an interview he gave to The Spectator in 1995, in which he described the Duchess of York as "vulgar", the Prince of Wales as "whiney" and the Queen Mother as "a bit of an ostrich."
Court offices Preceded by
Sir Michael Adeane
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
Sir Philip Moore
Academic offices Preceded by
The Lord Caccia
Provost of Eton
Sir Anthony Acland
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