Edward Young (courtier)

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Edward Young
CVO
Deputy Private Secretary to the Sovereign
Assumed office
8 September 2007
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Christopher Geidt
Personal details
Born (1966-10-24) 24 October 1966 (age 50)
Nationality British

Edward Young, CVO is the current Deputy Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II. He received his promotion in September 2007 after the promotion of Christopher Geidt from Deputy Private Secretary to Private Secretary, on the retirement of Sir Robin Janvrin, former Private Secretary, 1999–2007.

Young had been the Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen since September 2004. He succeeded Stuart Shilson in the Private Secretary's Office.[1] His replacement as Assistant Private Secretary is Douglas King.[2]

Young worked for the international side of Barclays Bank between 1985 and 1997 where he held a range of executive roles including as a specialist in international trade finance and as manager for the Corporate Bank European Currency Programme. In 1997 he moved to Barclays' Head Office to become the bank's Deputy Head of Corporate Public Relations.[1]

From late 1999 to 2001 he was advisor to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Michael Portillo and then to the Leader of the Opposition, William Hague.[1][3] In 2001, he was appointed Head of Communications at Granada PLC working primarily on the merger with Carlton Communications to form ITV PLC in 2004. Edward Young was born on 24 October 1966, and was educated as a boarder at Reading School in Berkshire.

In 2006, Buckingham Palace announced[4] that in September 2007, Young would be promoted to the role of Deputy Private Secretary.

Young was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[5]and upgraded to CVO in the 2015 Birthday Honours.

He organised Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011 and is credited with writing her highly praised speech when she spoke in Irish. It was hailed as a diplomatic triumph that improved Anglo-Irish relations. [6][7][8]

He led the national planning of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.[9]

On July 29, 2012 the Mail on Sunday (UK) and the Daily Telegraph (Australia) revealed how Young was the man who asked Her Majesty to star in the 007 film/parachute drop which opened the London 2012 Olympic Games. Director Danny Boyle first pitched the idea to Sebastian Coe, who loved it so much he took it to Young, a friend of Coe's. Young 'listened sagely, laughed, and promised to ask the Boss'. Word came back to Coe that she would love to take part.[10]

Offices held[edit]

Court offices
Preceded by
Stuart Shilson
Assistant Private Secretary to the Sovereign
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Douglas King
Preceded by
Christopher Geidt
Deputy Private Secretary to the Sovereign
2007–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "UK Government: Assistant Private Secretary to HM The Queen appointed". M2 Presswire. 27 July 2004. 
  2. ^ Elston, Laura. "Queen Appoints New Aide". PA Regional Newswire. 24 July 2007.
  3. ^ Buckingham Palace press release, 2004
  4. ^ Buckingham Palace website
  5. ^ "No. 59446". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2010. p. 3. 
  6. ^ Hand, Lise (18 May 2011). "A modest delegation to deal with the visit's details". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  7. ^ Bates, Stephen (3 June 2011). "Derby victory for Carlton House could crown Queen's winning run". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  8. ^ "Hats off, Ma'am! The Queen in Ireland. The inside story of a diplomatic coup". The Independent. London. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  9. ^ Bates, Stephen (3 June 2011). "Derby victory for Carlton House could crown Queen's winning run". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  10. ^ Gallagher, Ian (29 July 2012). "'Secret agent' in the coup that made the Queen a global TV comedy star.". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 2012-07-29.