Edward Adeane

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The Hon. (George) Edward Adeane, CVO (born 4 October 1939), Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales 1979 to 1985.

Adeane was born in 1939, son of Michael Adeane. He was educated at Eton College and Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, where he graduated with an MA. He was a Page of Honour to The Queen from 1954 to 1956.[1]

In 1960-1961 he was a Plebiscite Supervisor in the Southern Cameroon. He joined the Middle Temple in July 1962, and practised as a libel barrister 1962-1979.

Adeane was appointed Private Secretary and Treasurer to the Prince of Wales in May 1979. He retired on 31 March 1985. From 1981 he was also Treasurer and from 1984 also Private Secretary to the Princess of Wales. He was Equerry to the Prince of Wales 1979-1981, and has been Extra Equerry since 1985.[1]

From 1993 he was Trustee of the British Library, and trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation 1991, and the Lambeth Palace Library 1991.

He has been a company director since 1985, including of Hanson since 1992; Hambros Bank 1986 (executive director, compliance since 1991); Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance 1985; English and Scottish Investors Plc 1986; and Hambros Channel Islands Trust Corp Ltd.[citation needed]

Adeane was appointed a CVO in 1985.[1]


Offices held[edit]

Court offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Peel
Page of Honour
Succeeded by
Duncan Davidson
Preceded by
Sir David Checketts
Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales
Succeeded by
David Roycroft