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Martin Charteris, Baron Charteris of Amisfield

Lieutenant-Colonel Martin Michael Charles Charteris, Baron Charteris of Amisfield, GCB, GCVO, OBE, QSO, PC (7 September 1913 – 23 December 1999) was a British Army officer and courtier of Queen Elizabeth II.[3]


The Lord Charteris of Amisfield

Sir Martin Charteris in 1962.jpg
Charteris in 1962
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
In office
1972–1977
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded bySir Michael Adeane
Succeeded bySir Philip Moore
Assistant Private Secretary to the Sovereign
In office
1953–1972
MonarchElizabeth II
Personal details
Born7 September 1913
London, England[1]
Died23 December 1999 (1999-12-24) (aged 86)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England[2]
NationalityBritish
Alma materRoyal Military College, Sandhurst
Military career
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1933–1951
RankLieutenant-Colonel
UnitKing's Royal Rifle Corps
Battles/warsSecond World War

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Early life and educationEdit

Charteris was the second of two sons born to Hugo Francis Charteris, Lord Elcho (1884–1916) and Lady Violet Catharine Manners (died 1971). His paternal grandparents were Hugo Charteris, 11th Earl of Wemyss and Mary Constance Wyndham, and his maternal grandparents were Henry Manners, 8th Duke of Rutland and Violet Lindsay. His father, a barrister, was killed in action in Egypt in the First World War, and his mother remarried in 1922. His brother, David, succeeded as 12th Earl of Wemyss following the death of their grandfather in 1937.[4]

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 the Second World War, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. On his return, he married the Hon. Mary Margesson (a daughter of the 1st Viscount Margesson) on 16 December 1944 in Jerusalem and they had three children.[4][5] He retired from the Army in 1951.

CareerEdit

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. He was granted the honour of being a Permanent Lord in Waiting.[6]

Charteris was probably most outspoken in an interview he gave to The Spectator in 1995, in which he described: the Duchess of York as "vulgar"; the Prince of Wales as "whiny"; and, the Queen Mother as "a bit of an ostrich", who doesn't look at what she doesn't want to see.[7]

HonoursEdit

British honoursEdit

Foreign honoursEdit

PortrayalsEdit

In the first two seasons of the Netflix series The Crown, Charteris was portrayed by Harry Hadden-Paton.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
  2. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph "Her Majesty's A-team"
  4. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 4124. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  5. ^ Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4, 5 April 1991
  6. ^ Tomlinson, Richard (20 December 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". The Independent.
  7. ^ Noreen Taylor (7 January 1995). "Saying what everyone thinks". The Spectator.
  8. ^ "No. 37598". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1946. p. 2769.
  9. ^ "No. 39863". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 June 1953. p. 2947.
  10. ^ "No. 41404". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1958. p. 3514.
  11. ^ "No. 42683". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1962. p. 4311.
  12. ^ "No. 45678". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 June 1972. p. 6257.
  13. ^ "No. 46777". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1976. p. 4.
  14. ^ "No. 47303". The London Gazette. 19 August 1977. p. 10753.
  15. ^ "No. 47420". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1977. p. 42.
  16. ^ "No. 47459". The London Gazette. 9 February 1978. p. 1685.
  17. ^ "No. 52987". The London Gazette. 10 July 1992. p. 11675.
  18. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1972" (PDF).
  19. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 214. Retrieved 18 October 2012.

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Court offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Adeane
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
1972–1977
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Moore
Academic offices
Preceded by
The Lord Caccia
Provost of Eton
1978–1991
Succeeded by
Sir Antony Acland