Governor of the Military Knights of Windsor

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Governor of the Military Knights of Windsor is an office of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom which dates from the mid-sixteenth century. From 1905 it has been controlled by the Constable of Windsor Castle, having formerly been responsible to the Dean of Windsor. Since 1906 the Governor has always been a senior retired officer.[1]

The Governor has charge of the Military Knights of Windsor.

List of Governors of the Military Knights of Windsor[edit]

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to 1771: Sir William Wittewronge
c.1820: Colonel Thomas Bassett
1842: Captain John Jonstone Cumming [2]
1843: Major Charles Moore
1867: Major Sir John Paul Hopkins
1892: His Grace The Duke of Argyll, KT GCMG GCVO PC 1892-1906
1906: Major-General Edward Henry Courtney[3]
1913: Major-General Carteret Walter Carey[4]
1932: Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Kavanagh, KCB KCMG CVO DSO
1951: Major-General Sir Edmund Hakewill-Smith, KCVO CB CBE MC
1978: Major-General Sir Peter Gillett, KCVO CB CBE
1989: Major-General Sir Peter Downward, KCVO CB DSO DFC
2000: Major-General Sir Michael Hobbs, KCVO CBE
2012: Lieutenant-General Peter Pearson CB CBE[5]


  1. ^ The Military Knights of Windsor, 1352-1944. Historical monographs relating to St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Volume 4. Edmund Fellowes (1944)
  2. ^ The Windsor and Eton Express 15th January 1842
  3. ^ "COURTNEY, Major General Edward Henry", Who Was Who
  4. ^ "CAREY, Maj.-Gen. Carteret Walter", Who Was Who
  5. ^ "Community News" (PDF). The Companion. p. 17. Retrieved 23 July 2014.