Keeper of the Privy Purse
The Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to the King/Queen (or Financial Secretary to the King) is responsible for the financial management of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom.
He is assisted by the Deputy Treasurer to the King/Queen for the management of the Sovereign Grant.
He is also assisted by the Deputy Keeper of the Privy Purse for semi-private concerns, such as racing stables, the Royal Philatelic Collection, Royal Ascot, the Chapel Royal, Page of Honour, Military Knights of Windsor, Royal Maundy, the Royal Victorian Order, grace and favour apartments, and the Duchy of Lancaster. These are funded from the Privy Purse, which is drawn largely from the Duchy of Lancaster. The Keeper of the Privy Purse meets the Sovereign at least weekly.
The current Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to The Queen is Sir Alan Reid, GCVO. The Deputy Treasurer to The Queen & Deputy Keeper of the Privy Purse is Sir Michael Stevens.
List of Keepers of the Privy Purse
- Peter Osborne 1551–1552
- Sir Richard Molyneux, 1st Baronet, 1607–?
- Richard Molyneux, 1st Viscount Molyneux, PC 1616?–1636
- Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Ancram, PC 1636?–1639
- Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, KG, PC (1661–1662)
- Charles Berkeley, 1st Earl of Falmouth, PC 1662–1665
- Baptist May 1665–1685
- James Graham, 1685–1689
- William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland, KG, PC 1689–1700
- Caspar Frederick Henning, 1700–1702
- Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough 1702–1711
- Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham 1711–1714
- Caspar Frederick Henning, 1714–1727
- Augustus Schutz, 1727–1757
- The Honourable Edward Finch, 1757–1760
- John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, KG, PC 1760–1763
- Sir William Breton, 1763–1773
- James Brudenell, 5th Earl of Cardigan, PC 1773–1812
- The Right Honourable Colonel Sir John McMahon, 1st Baronet, 1812–1817
- Lieutenant-General Benjamin Bloomfield, 1st Baron Bloomfield, GCB GCH PC 1817–1822
- The Right Honourable Sir William Knighton, 1st Baronet, GCH 1821–1830
- Major-General Sir William Wheatley, 1st Baronet, GCH, CB 1830–1846
- George Edward Anson 1847–1849
- Colonel The Honourable Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps KCB 1849–1866
- General The Honourable Sir Charles Grey 1866–1867
- Colonel Thomas Myddleton-Biddulph KCB 1866–1878
- Major-General Sir Henry Ponsonby GCB 1878–1895
- The Right Honourable Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Fleetwood Edwards GCVO, KCB, ISO 1895–1901
- The Right Honourable General Sir Dighton Probyn, VC, GCB, GCSI, GCVO, ISO 1901–1910
- The Right Honourable Lieutenant-Colonel Sir William Carington GCVO KCB JP 1910–1914
- Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Ponsonby, 1st Baron Sysonby GCB GCVO PC 1914–1935
- Colonel Clive Wigram, 1st Baron Wigram GCB GCVO CSI PC 1935–1936
- Sir Frederick Ponsonby 1936
- Major Sir Ulick Alexander 1936–1952
- Brigadier-General Charles George Vivian Tryon, 2nd Baron Tryon, GCVO, KCB, DSO, DL, OStJ 1952–1971
- Major Sir Rennie Maudsley, GCVO KCB MBE 1971–1981
- Sir Peter Miles, KCVO 1981–1987
- Major Sir Shane Blewitt, GCVO 1988–1996
- Sir Michael Peat, GCVO 1996–2002
- Sir Alan Reid, GCVO 2002–
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