Defence Services Secretary

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The Defence Services Secretary is a senior member of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom.


The Defence Services Secretary is the senior member of the Royal Household responsible for liaison between the Sovereign and the British Armed Forces.[1] He is answerable to the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff for tri-service appointments, national ceremonial events and honours, decorations, awards and medals.[2] Since 1992 the Defence Services Secretary has been double-hatted with a second Ministry of Defence role, generally that of Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel).[3]

List of Defence Services Secretaries[edit]

Defence Services Secretaries have been:[4]


  1. ^ The Queen and the Armed Services
  2. ^ Veterans UK
  3. ^ Central Top Level Budget Archived October 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Ministry of Defence & Tri-service senior appointments Archived November 17, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Army appointment
  6. ^ Daily Telegraph, 2016, "Air Appointments" The Daily Telegraph 21 July 2016
  7. ^ "No. 61656". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 July 2016. p. 16088.