Tony Johnstone-Burt

Vice Admiral Charles Anthony Johnstone-Burt, CB, OBE (born 1 February 1958) is a retired Royal Navy officer who is currently serving as the Master of the Household to Queen Elizabeth II.

Anthony Johnstone-Burt
Born (1958-02-01) 1 February 1958
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1977–2013
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldHMS Brave
HMS Montrose
6th Frigate Squadron
Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
HMS Ocean
Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland
Joint Helicopter Command
Battles/warsFalklands War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire


Johnstone-Burt was educated at Wellington College[1][2] and Van Mildert College at Durham University, where he took Joint Honours in Psychology and Anthropology in 1980.[1]

Johnstone-Burt joined the Royal Navy in 1977 and served in HMS Active during the Falklands War following his promotion to lieutenant in January 1982.[3] He qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1983 flying Sea Kings and Lynx helicopters. He qualified as a principal warfare officer and served in several frigates before being appointed as first lieutenant and second-in-command of HMS Scylla in 1991. He was appointed commanding officer of HMS Brave in 1994 and went on to study at the US Naval War College, where courses are affiliated with Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, taking an MA in International Relations from 1996 to 1997.[1] He also attended the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 2000.[1]

He was appointed commanding officer of HMS Montrose and Captain of the 6th Frigate Squadron in 2000 before becoming Commodore of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 2002 and then Captain of HMS Ocean in 2004.[4] He went on to be Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Joint Helicopter Command in 2005, Flag Officer, Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland in 2006[5] and Commander of the Joint Helicopter Command in 2008 before being appointed Director of Counter Narcotics and International Organised Crime at HQ ISAF in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2011.[4] Promoted to vice admiral, he became the Chief of Staff to NATO's Supreme Allied Command Transformation at Norfolk, Virginia in November 2011 and held this post until October 2013.[6]

Johnstone-Burt was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2013 New Year Honours.[7]

In 2013 Johnstone-Burt became the Master of the Household to the Sovereign.[8]


  1. "Debrett's People of Today Online" (Debrett's PoT subscription used)
  2. "Tony Johnstone-Burt, "LinkedIn"
  3. "No. 48865". The London Gazette (Supplement). 18 January 1982. p. 789.
  4. Debrett's People of Today
  5. Listing compiled by historian Colin Mackie Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. 'NATO ACT undergoes chief of staff change' Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine, 24 November 2011
  7. "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 2.
  8. Jeff Maisey 'Nato in Norfolk: For Queen and Country' VEER Magazine, 8 September 2013
Military offices
Preceded by
Philip Wilcocks
Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Jones
Preceded by
Gary Coward
Commander, Joint Helicopter Command
Succeeded by
Carl Dixon
Court offices
Preceded by
Sir David Walker
Master of the Household
Succeeded by
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