Michael Adeane, Baron Adeane
The Lord Adeane
|Private Secretary to the Sovereign|
1 January 1954 – 1 April 1972
|Preceded by||Sir Alan Lascelles|
|Succeeded by||Sir Martin Charteris|
|Assistant Private Secretary to the Sovereign|
|Member of the House of Lords|
20 April 1972 – 30 April 1984
Michael Edward Adeane
30 September 1910
|Died||30 April 1984 (aged 73)|
|Children||2, including Edward Adeane|
|Alma mater||Magdalene College, Cambridge|
Early life and education
Adeane was the son of Captain Henry Robert Augustus Adeane (1882–1914), by his wife Hon. Victoria Eugenie Bigge (d.1969). His paternal grandfather was Admiral Edward Stanley Adeane, from a family of landed gentry tracing their ancestry to a Simon Adeane who died in 1686; his maternal grandfather was Arthur Bigge, 1st Baron Stamfordham, Private Secretary to Queen Victoria and King George V. Adeane was educated at Eton College and graduated from Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1934 with a Master of Arts degree.
Adeane then returned to England and became George VI's Assistant Private Secretary from 1945 after five and a half years on active military duty, a post he held until the latter's death in 1952. He continued in that post for Queen Elizabeth until 1953 when he was promoted to Private Secretary and admitted to the Privy Council.
In 1961, during a Royal visit to Nepal, Adeane was credited with a share of a tiger kill with Sir Christopher Bonham-Carter in a royal tiger hunt. The tiger shooting role had fallen to him after the Queen had declined, the Duke of Edinburgh had been unable to shoot due to having his trigger finger in a splint and the then Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas-Home had missed twice.
On 10 January 1939 Adeane married Helen Chetwynd-Stapleton (1916 – 1994), and they had a daughter and a son. Their son, Edward Adeane, a barrister, was Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales from 1979 to 1985.
Adeane was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1946, a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1947, he was promoted to Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1951, and Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1955. In 1962 he was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) and in 1968 to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB). He also received the Royal Household Long and Faithful Service Medal.
In 1959, Adeane received the Grand Decoration in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria and on 20 April 1972, he was created a life peer as Baron Adeane, of Stamfordham in the County of Northumberland.
In popular culture
- Burke's Landed Gentry, 18th edition, vol. 1, Peter Townend, Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1965, "Adeane of Babraham" pedigree
- "King's Counsellor: Abdication and War: the Diaries of Tommy Lascelles" (Phoenix, London. 2007) edited by Duff Hart-Davis., p. 319
- Lynam, Ruth (1961). "Tiger hunt and ring around a rhino". Life. 50 (12): 51–54. ISSN 0024-3019.
- Helen Adeane. The Times. 13 August 1994.
- Adeane, Michael Edward, Baron Adeane (1910–1984), courtier | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/30752.
- "No. 37598". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1946. p. 2764.
- "No. 37977". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1947. p. 2574.
- "No. 39243". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 June 1951. p. 3065.
- "No. 40366". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1955. p. 3.
- "No. 42617". The London Gazette. 9 March 1962. p. 1941.
- "No. 44484". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1968. p. 3.
- "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 213. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- "No. 45656". The London Gazette. 25 April 1972. p. 4911.
- "Will Keen - Actor Summary". IMDb. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
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