|The Right Honourable
Sir Christopher Geidt
KCB KCVO OBE
|Private Secretary to the Sovereign|
8 September 2007
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Preceded by||Sir Robin Janvrin|
|Deputy Private Secretary to the Sovereign|
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Secretary||Sir Robin Janvrin|
|Preceded by||Mary Francis|
|Succeeded by||Edward Young|
|Born||17 August 1961|
|Alma mater||King's College London
Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Sir Christopher Edward Wollaston MacKenzie Geidt KCB KCVO OBE (born 17 August 1961) has been the Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II since September 2007. As of July 2016, Geidt also serves as the Chairman of the Council of King's College London, succeeding the Duke of Wellington.
Early life and education
Geidt attended the Dragon School, Oxford, and Trinity College, Glenalmond. He graduated in War Studies from King's College London and in International Relations from Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Geidt also spent periods at the Universities of Bristol and Harvard (as a Visiting Fellow), and at Magdalen College, Oxford.
In 1987 Geidt joined the staff of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, becoming an Assistant Director. From 1994 he worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in diplomatic posts in Sarajevo, Geneva and Brussels.
Geidt was recruited in 2002 as Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen. He became Deputy Private Secretary in 2005 and Private Secretary in 2007. Geidt is also Keeper of the Queen’s Archives and a Trustee of the Royal Collection, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Trust, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.
As the Queen’s Private Secretary, Geidt is a member of the so-called 'golden triangle' of senior British officials – the others being the Cabinet Secretary and the Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister – with key responsibilities in the event of a 'hung parliament' in the United Kingdom, as happened in 2010.
In 1991, Geidt and Anthony de Normann sued the journalist John Pilger and Central Television over the documentary Cambodia: The Betrayal in which they were accused of being members of the SAS who had trained the Khmer Rouge to lay mines. Geidt and de Normann accepted ‘very substantial’ damages and all costs. In a related libel action Ann Clwyd MP, then shadow minister for overseas development, issued a public apology to Geidt and de Normann and agreed to meet all legal costs.
During and after the war in Bosnia (1992–1995), Geidt was deployed to liaise with the Bosnian Serb leadership, including Radovan Karadžić, Momčilo Krajišnik and General Ratko Mladić, all later indicted for war crimes. He assisted the High Representative, Carl Bildt, in negotiating with Serbian President Slobodan Milošević for the removal of Karadžić from the Presidency of the Bosnian Serb ‘Republic’ in 1996.
Honours and awards
|Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)||2014 New Year Honours|
|Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO)||2011|
|Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)||2007|
|Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)||1997 ‘for services to British interests in Bosnia’.|
|United Nations Medal (United Nations)||United Nations Mission in East Timor|
|European Community Monitor Mission Medal (European Union)|
|Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal||2012|
Geidt is a Fellow of King’s College London (FKC).
- Mr. Christopher Geidt 1961–1997
- Mr. Christopher Geidt OBE 1997–2007
- Rt Hon Christopher Geidt CVO OBE 2007–2011
- Rt Hon Sir Christopher Geidt KCVO OBE 2011–2014
- Rt Hon Sir Christopher Geidt KCB KCVO OBE 2014–present
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