Keeper of the Privy Purse

The Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to the King/Queen (or Financial Secretary to the King) is responsible for the financial management of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom.

They are assisted by the Deputy Treasurer to the King/Queen for the management of the Sovereign Grant.

They are also assisted by the Deputy Keeper of the Privy Purse for semi-private concerns, such as racing stables, the Royal Philatelic Collection, Royal Ascot, the Chapel Royal, Page of Honour, Military Knights of Windsor, Royal Maundy, the Royal Victorian Order, grace and favour apartments, and the Duchy of Lancaster. These are funded from the Privy Purse, which is drawn largely from the Duchy of Lancaster and the Duchy of Cornwall. The Keeper of the Privy Purse meets the Sovereign at least weekly.

The current Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to The Queen is Sir Michael Stevens.

At coronations in recent centuries the holders of this office have invariably carried a ceremonial purse, embroidered with the royal coat of arms.[1]

List of Keepers of the Privy Purse

Henry VIII

Edward VI

Elizabeth I

  • John Tamworth, 1559–1569[3]
  • Henry Seckford 1559–1603[3]

James I

Charles I

Charles II

James II

William III


George I

  • Caspar Frederick Henning, 1714–1727

George II

George III

George IV

William IV


Edward VII

George V

George VI

Elizabeth II


Deputy Keepers

This list is not complete.

Deputy Treasurers

See also


  1. The British Monarchy: The Privy Purse
  2. Emerson, Kate. Secrets of the Tudor Court: Between Two Queens.
  3. Kinney. Titled Elizabethans: A Directory of Elizabethan Court, State, and Church.
  4. Lemon, Robert. Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the Reigns of Edward VI., Mary ...
  5. "No. 28383". The London Gazette. 10 June 1910. p. 4073.
  6. "No. 12258". The Edinburgh Gazette. 10 June 1910. p. 621.
  7. "No. 34220". The London Gazette. 15 November 1935. p. 7224.
  8. "No. 34306". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 July 1936. p. 4663.
  9. "No. 15301". The Edinburgh Gazette. 20 July 1936. p. 623.
  10. "Sir Michael Peat to step down". The Daily Telegraph. London. 24 January 2011.
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