Charles Grey (British Army officer)
|General The Right Honourable
Sir Charles Grey
|Private Secretary to the Sovereign|
|Preceded by||Albert, Prince Consort (unofficial)|
|Succeeded by||Sir Henry Ponsonby|
|Born||15 March 1804|
|Died||31 March 1870(aged 66)|
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.
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:
- Charles (died young in 1855)
- Mary Caroline Grey (1858–1940), married the 4th Earl of Minto
- Sybil Mary Grey (born 1848), married William Beauclerk, 10th Duke of St Albans
- Albert Henry George, the 4th Earl Grey, served as Governor-General of Canada.
- Louisa Grey (1855–1949), married William McDonnell, 6th Earl of Antrim, and served as pro tempore Mistress of the Robes to Queen Victoria
In popular culture
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.
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Charles Grey
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Thomas Baring, Bt
|Member of Parliament for Wycombe
With: Robert Smith
Sir George Dashwood, Bt
Sir Charles Phipps
|Keeper of the Privy Purse
Sir Thomas Myddleton-Biddulph
The Prince Consort
|Private Secretary to the Sovereign
Sir Henry Ponsonby
Sir Thomas Erskine Napier
|Colonel of the 71st (Highland) Regiment of Foot
|Colonel of the 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot
John Wharton Frith
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