Paul Greening

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Sir Paul Greening
Born 4 June 1928
Died 5 November 2008 (2008-11-06) (aged 80)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1946–1985
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held HMS Asheldham
HMS Messina
HMS Lewiston
HMS Jaguar
HMS Aurora
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order

Rear Admiral Sir Paul Woollven Greening GCVO (4 June 1928 – 5 November 2008) was a Royal Navy officer and courtier, who served as Naval Secretary and Master of the Household.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at Mowden School and the Nautical College at Pangbourne, Greening joined the Royal Navy in 1946.[1] He was given command of the minesweepers HMS Asheldham, HMS Messina, HMS Lewiston and then the frigate HMS Jaguar.[1] He was appointed Fleet Plans Officer for the Far East Fleet in 1969 and, following his promotion to Captain, given command of the frigate HMS Aurora in 1970.[1] He went on to be Captain, Naval Drafting in 1971, Director of Seaman Officer Appointments in 1974 and Captain of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 1976.[1] Promoted to Rear Admiral, he became Naval Secretary in 1978 and Flag Officer, Royal Yachts with specific responsibility for HM Yacht Britannia in 1981.[1] He was responsible for planning the honeymoon of the Prince and Princess of Wales in August 1981.[2] He retired in 1985.[1]

He was appointed an Extra Equerry to the Queen in 1983 and Master of the Household of the Sovereign from 1986 to 1992.[1]


In 1951 he married Monica West (pre-deceased); they have one son, one daughter and two grand children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ Obituary: Rear Admiral Sir Paul Greening Daily Telegraph, 19 November 2008
Military offices
Preceded by
Peter Buchanan
Naval Secretary
Succeeded by
Richard Fitch
Court offices
Preceded by
Sir Peter Ashmore
Master of the Household
Succeeded by
Sir Simon Cooper