The King's Royal Rifle Corps

Lord Charteris GCB GCVO QSO OBE PC

Lord Charteris was Private Secretary to HM the Queen from 1972 to 1977. He came to the public attention in 1995 when he was quoted in a Spectator interview as saying that Fergie, Duchess of York was 'vulgar'. And that the Queen Mother 'was a bit of an ostrich', also that Charles, Prince of Wales was 'whiney'.

Martin Charteris was born on 7th Sep 1913, the son of Hugo, Lord Elcho, and brother of 12th Earl of Wemyss. The photo shows him in the uniform of a 2nd lieutenant, KRRC c1930. He served in the Middle East and reached the rank of Lieut-Colonel before leaving the army in 1951. He then became Private Secretary to the Duchess of Edinburgh. When the Queen came to the throne he was her Assistant Private Secretary until 1972 when he became Private Secretary. After retirement from Royal duties he was created a peer in 1978; Baron Charteris of Amisfield in East Lothian. He died on 23rd Dec 1999 and his tombstone refers to him as Soldier, Courtier, Provost and Sculptor.

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