Desmond Langley

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Sir Desmond Langley
Born 16 May 1930
Died 14 February 2008(2008-02-14) (aged 77)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1949–1988
Rank Major-General
Commands held London District
Battles/wars Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Awards Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Member of the Order of the British Empire

Major-General Sir Henry Desmond Allen Langley KCVO MBE (16 May 1930 – 14 February 2008) was Major-General Commanding the Household Division and General Officer Commanding London District.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Eton College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Langley was commissioned into the Life Guards in 1949.[1] He was posted to Egypt and then to Libya.[1] He then served with HQ Far East Land Forces during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation in the early 1960s.[1] He later became Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Regiment and Silver Stick to The Queen.[1] In 1976 he was appointed commander of 4th Guards Armoured Brigade and in 1978 he became a brigadier on the General Staff at UK Land Forces.[1]

He became Major-General commanding the Household Division and General Officer Commanding London District in 1979[1] organising, inter alia, the military ceremony for the marriage of the Prince Charles and Princess Diana.[2] His final appointment was as commander of British Forces in Cyprus in 1983.[1] He retired in 1988.[1]

In retirement he was Governor of Bermuda from 1988 to 1992.[1]


In 1950 he married Felicity (Flick) Oliphant and they went on to have a son and a daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Obituary: Major-General Sir Desmond Langley Daily Telegraph, 1 April 2008
  2. ^ Obituary: Major-General Sir Desmond Langley The Times, 7 March 2008
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Swinton
GOC London District
Succeeded by
Sir James Eyre
Government offices
Preceded by
Viscount Dunrossil
Governor of Bermuda
Succeeded by
Lord Waddington