Her Majesty's Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps is a senior member of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom. He is the Queen's link with the diplomatic community in London, arranges the annual diplomatic corps reception by the Sovereign, organises the regular presentation of credentials ceremonies for ambassadors and high commissioners, and supervises attendance of diplomats at state events. Marshals generally hold office for ten-year terms and were formerly retired senior military officers, though the last three marshals have been diplomats. The marshal is assisted by the Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, the First Assistant Marshal, and other assistant marshals.
The Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps is, along with the Queen's Equerry, expected to walk backwards discreetly when leaving the presence of the monarch. They are the only two visitors who are expected to do this today, as the ancient tradition that all who had the honour of a meeting with the monarch were expected to walk discreetly backwards when leaving the Sovereign's presence has been dropped for health and safety reasons. These two senior members of the Royal Household are expected to walk backwards leaving the room when they have either been summoned to see the Queen personally or they are introducing others – such as senior foreign diplomats – for audiences with the Queen.
List of Marshals of the Diplomatic CorpsEdit
- Major-General Sir John Hanbury-Williams 1920–1934
- Lieutenant-General Sir Sidney Clive 1934–1945
- Sir John Monck 1945–1950
- Major-General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones 1950–1961
- Rear-Admiral the Rt Hon Earl Cairns 1962–1971
- Major-General Lord Michael Fitzalan-Howard 1972–1981
- Lieutenant-General Sir John Richards , Royal Marines 1982–1991
- Vice-Admiral Sir James Weatherall 1992–2001
- Sir Anthony Figgis 2001–2008
- Charles Gray 2008–2014
- Alistair Harrison 2014–present
List of Vice-Marshals of the Diplomatic CorpsEdit
- Sir John Monck 1936–1945
- Sir Marcus Cheke 1946–1957
- Captain Dugald Malcolm 1957–1965
- Sir Alexander Lees Mayall 1965–1972
- Sir John Curle 1972–1975
- Sir Roger Houssemayne Du Boulay 1975–1982
- Sir Eustace Gibbs 1982–1986
- Sir Roger Hervey 1986–1991
- Sir Anthony Figgis 1991–1996
- Philip Astley 1996–1999
- Kathryn Colvin 1999–2001
- Charles de Chassiron 2001–2006
- Sarah Gillett 2006–2009
- Simon Martin 2009–2012
- Anna Clunes 2012–2014
- Catherine Nettleton 2015
- Julian Evans 2015–2017
- Neil Holland 2017–2020
- Victoria Busby OBE 2020–present
- "The Lord Chamberlain's Office". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012.
- Obituary of Sir Hubert Montgomery, The Times, 5 December 1942
- Andrew Alderson (9 August 2009). "Royal tradition takes a backward step as the Queen bows to 'health and safety' concerns". The Telegraph.
- "Julian Evans".
- https://www.gov/uk/government/people/neil-holland[dead link]