Keeper of the Privy Purse

The Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to the King/Queen (or Financial Secretary to the King/Queen) is responsible for the financial management of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom. The officeholder is assisted by the Deputy Treasurer to the King/Queen for the management of the Sovereign Grant.

Lord Bloomfield as Keeper of the Privy Purse, carrying a ceremonial purse at the coronation of George IV in July 1821

The officeholder is also assisted by the Deputy Keeper of the Privy Purse for semi-private concerns, such as racing stables, the Royal Philatelic Collection, Royal Ascot, the Chapel Royal, the Page of Honour, Military Knights of Windsor, Royal Maundy, the Royal Victorian Order, grace and favour apartments, and the Duchy of Lancaster. These are funded from the Privy Purse, which is drawn largely from the Duchy of Lancaster and the Duchy of Cornwall.

The Keeper of the Privy Purse meets the Sovereign at least weekly. Among the duties is the allocation of grace and favour apartments at the royal palaces.[1] The current Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to the Queen is Sir Michael Stevens.

At coronations in recent centuries, the holders of this office have invariably carried a ceremonial purse, embroidered with the royal coat of arms.[2]

List of Keepers of the Privy PurseEdit

Henry VIIIEdit

Edward VIEdit

Elizabeth IEdit

  • John Tamworth, 1559–1569[4]
  • Henry Seckford 1559–1603[4]

James IEdit

Charles IEdit

Charles IIEdit

James IIEdit

William IIIEdit


George IEdit

  • Caspar Frederick Henning, 1714–1727

George IIEdit

George IIIEdit

George IVEdit

William IVEdit


Edward VIIEdit

George VEdit

George VIEdit

Elizabeth IIEdit


Deputy KeepersEdit

This list is not complete.

Deputy TreasurersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ “Window on my Heart”, Olave Baden-Powell, 1973, p. 201
  2. ^ The British Monarchy: The Privy Purse
  3. ^ Emerson, Kate. Secrets of the Tudor Court: Between Two Queens.
  4. ^ a b Kinney. Titled Elizabethans: A Directory of Elizabethan Court, State, and Church.
  5. ^ a b Lemon, Robert. Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the Reigns of Edward VI., Mary ...
  6. ^ "No. 28383". The London Gazette. 10 June 1910. p. 4073.
  7. ^ "No. 12258". The Edinburgh Gazette. 10 June 1910. p. 621.
  8. ^ "No. 34220". The London Gazette. 15 November 1935. p. 7224.
  9. ^ "No. 34306". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 July 1936. p. 4663.
  10. ^ "No. 15301". The Edinburgh Gazette. 20 July 1936. p. 623.
  11. ^ "Sir Michael Peat to step down". The Daily Telegraph. London. 24 January 2011.
  12. ^ "Sir Alan Reid, the Queen's money man, to hand over Royal purse strings next year".