Medical Household

The Medical Household is the medical part of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom.

It mainly comprises a range of Physicians and Surgeons to the Sovereign and to the Royal Household. None have more than a nominal or occasional role, although the Apothecaries to the Household at Windsor and London hold daily surgeries, and other apothecaries receive smaller salaries and all others receive only an honorarium.

The Coroner to the King/Queen's household investigates deaths within royal residences, but also conducted the inquiry into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

There are currently two Physicians to the Queen, a Serjeant Surgeon, a Surgeon to the Queen, Surgeon Oculist to the Queen, Surgeon Gynaecologist to the Queen, Surgeon Dentist to the Queen, Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Queen, Physician to the Household, Surgeon to the Household, Surgeon Oculist to the Household, Apothecary to the Queen, Apothecary to the Household at Windsor, Apothecary to the Household, Apothecary to the Household at Sandringham, Coroner of the Queen's Household.

A Medical Officer to the Queen accompanies Her Majesty on overseas tour. He is normally a senior Royal Navy surgeon.

Honorary positionsEdit

Additionally, honorary physicians and surgeons are appointed from the British Armed Forces and in the Commonwealth.

These titles are shared with those held by functioning Physician to the Queen:

  • Queen's Honorary Surgeon (QHS)
  • Queen's Honorary Dental Surgeon (QHDS)
  • Queen's Honorary Physician (QHP)
  • Queen's Honorary Nursing Sister (QHNS)
  • Queen's Honorary Physicians (Civil) (QHPC)

List of Heads of the Medical HouseholdEdit

The Head of the Medical Household was first appointed in 1973.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Medical Directory. Churchill Livingstone. 1991. p. 257. ISBN 978-0-582-07665-5. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

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