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Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Charles Richards, CVO (born 1953) has been Equerry to HM The Queen, and Deputy Master of the Household of the Royal Household since 1999.
Richards was educated at Marlborough College. After attending the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst he joined the Welsh Guards, in which he served 1973–1999. Since 1999 he has been on retired pay.
From 1973 to 1982 he served with the 1st Battalion of the Welsh Guards in the United Kingdom, and the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR). He was seconded to the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Gurkha Rifles in Hong Kong 1982–1984.
He attended the Staff College, Camberley and qualified for the staff (psc) in 1985. In the same year he was promoted to major. From 1986 to 1990 he was in the BAOR.
In 1990–1992 Richards was second in command of the 1st Battalion of the Welsh Guards in the United Kingdom. He was then Staff Officer Headquarters London District 1992–1994.
Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, he was Equerry to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 1994–1997. Followed by being Divisional Lieutenant-Colonel Foot Guards 1997–1999.
He was appointed an MVO in 1997, and advanced to LVO in 2006. Following Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, Richards was promoted to a CVO for his service during the Diamond Jubilee and to the Royal Family.