Resident Governor of the Tower of London and Keeper of the Jewel House

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The Resident Governor of the Tower of London and Keeper of the Jewel House is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Tower of London.

The Constable of the Tower is the most senior appointment at the Tower of London. Under the Queen's Regulations for the Army, the office of constable is conferred on a field marshal or retired general officer for a five-year term. At the conclusion of the Constable's installation ceremony, the Lord Chamberlain symbolically hands the palace over to the Constable. He in turn entrusts it to the Resident Governor.

The offices of Resident Governor of the Tower of London and Keeper of the Jewel House were amalgamated in 1967.[1]

List of combined office holders[edit]

List of combined office holders:

  • 1967: Colonel Sir Thomas Pierce Butler[2]
  • 1971: Major-General Sir Digby Raeburn[3]
  • 1979: Major-General Giles Mills[4]
  • 1984: Major-General Andrew Patrick Withy MacLellan[5]
  • 1989: Major-General Christopher Tyler[5]
  • 1994: Major-General Geoffrey Field[6]
  • 2006: Major-General Keith Cima[7]
  • 2011: Colonel Richard Harrold

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Martin Holmes; Major-General H. D. W. Sitwell (1972). The English Regalia: Rheir History, Custody and Display. H.M. Stationery Office. p. v. ISBN 978-0-1167-0407-8. It would perhaps be appropriate at this stage to mention that the in 1967 the Jewel House in the Tower and the staff was increased and reorganised. The Officer-in-Charge is now also the Resident Governor - the two posts having been merged under the title of Resident Governor and Keeper of the Jewel House. He is an officer of the Royal House hold and is responsible, only as far a custody of the Crown Jewels in the Tower is concerned, to the Lord Chamberlain of the Royal Household who has had control of the Jewel House since 1782.
  2. ^ "State Intelligence" (PDF). The London Gazette. 16 March 1971.
  3. ^ "Obituary, Major-General Sir Digby Raeburn KCVO". The Telegraph. 12 Dec 2001.
  4. ^ "Obituary, Major General Giles Mills". The Telegraph. 18 Oct 2011.
  5. ^ a b "State Intelligence" (PDF). The London Gazette. 25 July 1989.
  6. ^ Edward Impey; Jeremy Ashbee (2008). The White Tower. Yale University Press. p. x. ISBN 978-0-300-11293-1.
  7. ^ "Ex-Tower of London boss Keith Cima: 'Drug used to frame me'". BBC News. 4 August 2011.