Philip Moore, Baron Moore of Wolvercote

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Philip Brian Cecil Moore, Baron Moore of Wolvercote, GCB, GCVO, CMG, QSO, PC (6 April 1921 – 7 April 2009) was Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom from 1977 to 1986.

The Lord Moore of Wolvercote
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Private Secretary to the Sovereign
In office
12 November 1977 – 1 April 1986
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded bySir Martin Charteris
Succeeded bySir William Heseltine
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
22 July 1986 – 7 April 2009
Life Peerage
Personal details
Philip Brian Cecil Moore

(1921-04-06)6 April 1921
Died7 April 2009(2009-04-07) (aged 88)
Alma materBrasenose College, Oxford

He was educated at the Dragon School, Cheltenham College, then Brasenose College, Oxford, and served in RAF Bomber Command during World War II. He played one match for the England international rugby union team, against Wales in the 1951 Five Nations Championship.[1][2]

Moore was then Private Secretary from 1957 to 1958, to the 10th Earl of Selkirk in the latter's capacity as First Lord of the Admiralty. He was Deputy British High Commissioner (and acting HC) in Singapore, 1963–65, and back in the UK, Chief of Public Relations of the Ministry of Defence 1965–66.[3] He was then Assistant Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II from 1966 to 1972, then as Deputy until 1977 and as Private Secretary to the Sovereign until 1986. On his retirement in 1986, he was created Baron Moore of Wolvercote, of Wolvercote in the City of Oxford[4] and he lived in a grace and favour apartment in Hampton Court Palace. He received the honour of being made a Permanent Lord in Waiting.[5][6] He received the Queen Elizabeth II Version of the Royal Household Long and Faithful Service Medal for 20 years of service to the Royal Family in 1986. His former son-in-law is the singer Peter Gabriel. His wife Joanna died in 2011 aged 86.

Coat of arms of Philip Moore, Baron Moore of Wolvercote
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A moorcock Proper gorged with a crown Or holding in its dexter claw a quill pen Proper.
Gules on a fess between two lions passant guardant Or three moorcocks Sable crested Gules.
Dexter a wolf Proper crowned Or gorged with a collar Argent fimbriated Or thereon roses Gules barbed and seeded Proper and cross crosslets Sable; sinister a stag Proper attired and unguled Or crowned also Or gorged with a collar Argent fimbriated Or thereon cross crosslets Sable and roses Gules barbed and seeded Proper therefrom a chain reflexed over the back ending in a ring Gold.
A grassy mount growing therefrom on each side between a thistle and a shamrock both Proper a rose Gules stalk and leaves Vert barbed and seeded to the front thereof on the dexter side a rugby football and similarly on the sinister side a cricket ball Proper.
Moribus Et Consilio [7]


  1. ^ "ESPNscrum profile". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  2. ^ Purser, Philip (5 May 2009). "Lord Moore of Wolvercote". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  3. ^ Who's Who
  4. ^ "No. 50610". The London Gazette. 28 July 1986. p. 9909.
  5. ^ Tomlinson, Richard (20 December 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". Independent. Archived from the original on 26 May 2022.
  6. ^ [The Times, UK, 12 November 1977]
  7. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 2003. p. 1135.

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