|Sir Ralph Anstruther, Bt|
|Died||9 April 1997|
|Years of service||1941-1950|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Mentioned in Dispatches
The only son of Captain Robert Edward Anstruther MC of the Black Watch, only son of Sir Ralph William Anstruther, 6th Baronet, and Marguerite Blanche Lily de Burgh, he was educated at Eton and at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
He commissioned into the Coldstream Guards on 29 November 1941, and was awarded the Military Cross in 1943. He later served in Malaya in 1950, and was mentioned in despatches. He was Equerry to the Queen Mother from 1959–98, and Treasurer from 1961–98. He was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1967, and promoted to KCVO in 1976 and GCVO in 1992.
As the Queen Mother's treasurer, Anstruther had the difficult job of trying to limit her spending, which became effectively impossible in later years. He suffered two strokes, and at times appeared at Clarence House in a state of altered cognition. In 1998, he was replaced by Nicholas Assheton, becoming Treasurer Emeritus, but resisted his replacement and evinced hostility to Assheton and Sir Alastair Aird, the Queen Mother's Private Secretary. The Queen Mother finally told him to go and stay in Scotland, which he did for the rest of his life.
He succeeded his grandfather in 1934 to the baronetcy of Anstruther of Balcaskie, and in 1980 succeeded his cousin, Sir Windham Eric Francis Carmichael-Anstruther, 8th Baronet, to the baronetcy of Anstruther of Anstruther. With the latter he also became Hereditary Carver to the Queen. He was succeeded to the baronetcies by his cousin.
|Ancestors of Ralph Anstruther|
- "No. 35385". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 December 1941. p. 7169.
- "No. 44326". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1967. p. 6272.
- "No. 52767". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1991. p. 4.
- Thornton, Michael (5 January 2008). "The Empress of Extravagance: How the Queen Mother left behind more than £7m in debts". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
- "No. 41964". The London Gazette. 23 February 1960. p. 1393.
|Baronetage of Nova Scotia|
(of Wrae, Linlithgowshire and
Balcaskie, Fife and Braemore, Caithness)
1934 – 2002
(of Anstruther, Carmichael and Westeraw, Lanarkshire)
1980 – 2002