Michael Adeane, Baron Adeane

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Adeane
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Capt. The Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Lascelles
Succeeded by Lt. Col. The Rt. Hon. Sir Martin Charteris
Personal details
Nationality British
Alma mater Magdalene College, Cambridge

Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Edward Adeane, Baron Adeane GCB GCVO PC (30 September 1910 – 30 April 1984), was Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II during the first twenty years of her reign.

Adeane was a maternal grandson of Lord Stamfordham, Private Secretary to Queen Victoria and King George V. He was educated at Eton and graduated from Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1934 with a Master of Arts degree. He then travelled to Canada and was aide-de-camp to Lord Bessborough from 1934 to 1934 and then to his successor, Lord Tweedsmuir until 1936.

Adeane then returned to England and became George VI's Assistant Private Secretary from 1945 after five and a half years on active military duty,[1] a post he held until the latter's death in 1952. He continued in that post for Queen Elizabeth until 1953 when he was promoted to Private Secretary and admitted to the Privy Council. In 1961 during a Royal visit to Nepal he was credited with a share a tiger kill with Sir Christopher Bonham-Carter in a royal tiger hunt.[2] The tiger shooting role had fallen to him after the Queen had declined, the Duke of Edinburgh had been unable to shoot due to having his trigger finger in a splint and the then Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas-Home had missed twice.[2]

In 1959, Adeane received the Grand Decoration in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria[3] and in 1972, he was given a life peerage as Baron Adeane, of Stamfordham in the County of Northumberland. His wife died in 1994.

His son, the Hon. Edward Adeane, CVO, a noted barrister, was Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales 1979-1985.


  1. ^ "King's Counsellor: Abdication and War: the Diaries of Tommy Lascelles" (Phoenix, London. 2007) edited by Duff Hart-Davis., p. 319
  2. ^ a b Lynam, Ruth (1961). "Tiger hunt and ring around a rhino". Life (Time Inc) 50 (12): 51–54. ISSN 0024-3019. 
  3. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (PDF) (in German). p. 213. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
Court offices
Preceded by
Henry Hunloke
Page of Honour
Succeeded by
Jock Colville
Preceded by
Alan Lascelles
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
Succeeded by
Martin Charteris