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Michael Adeane, Baron Adeane

Michael Edward Adeane, Baron Adeane, GCB, GCVO, PC (30 September 1910 – 30 April 1984) was Private Secretary to Elizabeth II during the first twenty years of her reign.

Lieutenant Colonel The Right Honourable
The Lord Adeane
Michael Adeane, Baron Adeane.jpg
Adeane in 1953
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir Alan Lascelles
Succeeded by Sir Martin Charteris
Personal details
Born 30 September 1910
Died 30 April 1984 (1984-05-01) (aged 73)
Nationality British
Alma mater Magdalene College, Cambridge


Early life and educationEdit

Adeane was a maternal grandson of Lord Stamfordham, Private Secretary to Queen Victoria and George V. He was educated at Eton and graduated from Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1934 with a Master of Arts degree.


Adeane then travelled to Canada and was aide-de-camp to Lord Bessborough from 1934 to 1934 and then to his successor, Lord Tweedsmuir until 1936.

Adeane then returned to England and became George VI's Assistant Private Secretary from 1945 after five and a half years on active military duty,[1] a post he held until the latter's death in 1952. He continued in that post for Queen Elizabeth until 1953 when he was promoted to Private Secretary and admitted to the Privy Council.

In 1961, during a Royal visit to Nepal, Adeane was credited with a share of a tiger kill with Sir Christopher Bonham-Carter in a royal tiger hunt.[2] The tiger shooting role had fallen to him after the Queen had declined, the Duke of Edinburgh had been unable to shoot due to having his trigger finger in a splint and the then Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas-Home had missed twice.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Adeane's wife died in 1994.

Adeane's son, the Hon. Edward Adeane, a noted barrister, was Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales 1979–1985.


Adeane was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1946,[3] a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1947,[4] he was promoted to Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1951,[5] and Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1955.[6] In 1962 he was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)[7] and in 1968 to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB).[8]

In 1959, Adeane received the Grand Decoration in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria[9] and on 20 April 1972, he was created a life peer as Baron Adeane, of Stamfordham in the County of Northumberland.[10]


  1. ^ "King's Counsellor: Abdication and War: the Diaries of Tommy Lascelles" (Phoenix, London. 2007) edited by Duff Hart-Davis., p. 319
  2. ^ a b Lynam, Ruth (1961). "Tiger hunt and ring around a rhino". Life. 50 (12): 51–54. ISSN 0024-3019. 
  3. ^ "No. 37598". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1946. p. 2764. 
  4. ^ "No. 37977". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1947. p. 2574. 
  5. ^ "No. 39243". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 June 1951. p. 3065. 
  6. ^ "No. 40366". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1955. p. 3. 
  7. ^ "No. 42617". The London Gazette. 9 March 1962. p. 1941. 
  8. ^ "No. 44484". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1968. p. 3. 
  9. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 213. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "No. 45656". The London Gazette. 25 April 1972. p. 4911. 

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