Michael Parker (courtier)
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He served in the Royal Australian Navy, and then the Royal Navy, between 1938 and 1947, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Commander. Posts during this time included First Lieutenant of HMS Lauderdale in 1942, then of HMS Wessex in the 27th Destroyer Flotilla of the British Pacific Fleet.
In 1947, he joined the Household of the Duke of Edinburgh as Private Secretary, initially on a part-time basis. He also became Equerry to the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. In 1952, he became full-time Private Secretary, and relinquished his post as Equerry to the Princess and Duke.