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.
List of Keepers of the Privy Purse
- Peter Osborne 1551–1552
- James Graham, 1685–1689
- Caspar Frederick Henning, 1714–1727
- George Edward Anson 1847–1849
- Colonel The Honourable Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps KCB 1849–1866
- General The Honourable Sir Charles Grey 1866–1867 (jointly)
- Colonel Thomas Myddleton-Biddulph KCB 1866–1878 (jointly to 1867)
- Major-General Sir Henry Ponsonby GCB 1878–1895
- The Right Honourable Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Fleetwood Edwards GCVO, KCB, ISO 1895–1901
- Brigadier-General Charles George Vivian Tryon, 2nd Baron Tryon, GCVO, KCB, DSO, DL, OStJ 1952–1971
- Major Sir Rennie Maudslay, GCVO KCB MBE 1971–1981
- Sir Peter Miles, KCVO 1981–1987
- Major Sir Shane Blewitt, GCVO 1988–1996
- Sir Michael Peat, GCVO 1996–2002
- Sir Alan Reid, GCVO 2002–2017
- Sir Michael Stevens KCVO 2018–
This list is not complete.
- 1923–1935: Sir Ralph Endersby Harwood, KCB, KCVO, CBE
- 1941–1958: Commander Sir Dudley Colles, KCB, KCVO, OBE, RN
- 1958–1968: Commander Sir Philip John Row, KCVO, OBE, RN
- 1969–1985: Sir Russell Dillon Wood, KCVO, VRD
- 1988–2002: Sir John Christopher Parsons, KCVO, FCA, FIC
- 2003–2007: Stephen Ingleby Cawley, CVO, FCA
- 2007–2017: Sir Michael John Stevens, KCVO
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