David Checketts

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Squadron Leader Sir David John Checketts, KCVO (born 1930) was Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales 1970-1978.

He was educated at a grammar school. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1948 and received flying training at RATG Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia in 1948-1950.

Checketts served with 14 Squadron in Germany 1950-1954, and then was an instructor at the fighter weapons school 1954-1957. From 1958-1959 he was Aide-de-Camp to the Commander-in-Chief Malta. He returned to Germany 1960-1961 with 3 Squadron.

From 1961 to 1966 he was appointed Equerry to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. In 1967 he became Equerry to the Prince of Wales, and in 1970 was promoted to be his Private Secretary and Treasurer. He retired as Private Secretary in 1979, and as Treasurer in 1979. He has been Extra Equerry since 1979.[1]

He was later director of Phoenix Lloyd Ltd and Neilson McCarthy Company (a public relations firm) c.1970

Checketts was appointed an MVO in 1966, and promoted to CVO in 1969, and KCVO in 1979.


  1. ^ Boggan, Steve (18 January 1993). "Private firm did royal security check". The Independent. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
Court offices
Preceded by
(new post)
Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales
Succeeded by
Edward Adeane