Charles Grey (British Army officer)

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General The Right Honourable
Sir Charles Grey
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
In office
Monarch Queen Victoria
Preceded by Albert, Prince Consort (unofficial)
Succeeded by Sir Henry Ponsonby
Personal details
Born (1804-03-15)15 March 1804
Died 31 March 1870(1870-03-31) (aged 66)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Caroline Eliza
Children 4

General Sir Charles Grey (15 March 1804 – 31 March 1870) was a British army officer, member of the British House of Commons and political figure in Lower Canada. In later life, he served as private secretary to Prince Albert and later Queen Victoria.

He was born in Northumberland, England in 1804, the second son of Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey and younger brother of Henry, the 3rd Earl Grey. After a good private education he joined the British Army as a sub-lieutenant in 1820 and commanded the 73rd Regiment from 1833 to 1842.

Grey represented Wycombe in the British House of Commons from 1832 to 1837, defeating Disraeli to win the seat, which he held until 1837. [1]

in 1838 he went to Canada with his brother-in-law, John Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham, where he was named a member of the Executive Council and Special Council of Lower Canada in June of that year, serving until 2 November. He returned to England with Lambton later that month and later obtained the influential position of secretary to Prince Albert from 1849 to 1861 and secretary to the Queen from 1861 until his death in 1870.

He was given the colonelcy of the 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot in 1860, and transferred to the 71st (Highland) Regiment of Foot in 1863, a position he held until his death. He was promoted full general in 1865.

In 1836, he had married Caroline Eliza, daughter of Sir Thomas Harvie Farquhar, 2nd baronet. Their children included:

In popular culture[edit]

A heavily re-imagined version of Grey appears as a character in popular manga and anime franchise Black Butler, with a key role in Black Butler: Book of Murder.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Baring, Bt
Robert Smith
Member of Parliament for Wycombe
With: Robert Smith
Succeeded by
Robert Smith
Sir George Dashwood, Bt
Court offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Phipps
Keeper of the Privy Purse
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Myddleton-Biddulph
Preceded by
The Prince Consort
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Ponsonby
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Erskine Napier
Colonel of the 71st (Highland) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Robert Law
Preceded by
Berkeley Drummond
Colonel of the 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
John Wharton Frith