Following a review of the Household of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry overseen by Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry have agreed a number of new senior appointments.
Principal Private Secretary and Equerry to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry – Mr. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.
Private Secretary to The Duke of Cambridge – Mr. Miguel Head.
Private Secretary to The Duchess of Cambridge – Miss Rebecca Deacon.
Private Secretary to Prince Harry – this post will not be filled until mid-2013. In the meantime, Mr. Lowther-Pinkerton retains direct responsibility as Private Secretary to Prince Harry.
Personal Private Secretary to Prince Harry – Miss Helen Asprey.
A new Press Secretary will be appointed to fill the position vacated by Mr. Head.
The official Household staff of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry continue to be funded in full by the income of The Prince of Wales through the Duchy of Cornwall.
Let’s dive into who these team members are!
Mr. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Principal Private Secretary and Equerry to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton has been Private Secretary to William and Harry since 2005. Like William and Harry, he trained at Sandhurst. He then had a long military career which included a stint in the Irish Guards (of which William is now Colonel) and service during the Gulf War. From 1984 to 1986, he was Equerry to the Queen Mother for which he received the Royal Victorian Order.
Here he is with Kate back in 2006 at Prince William’s graduation from Sandhurst, where Kate stole the show and got tongues wagging in her bright red jacket and large hat:
Two years later, he was with Kate and Princess Diana’s sister Sarah at Prince William’s graduation from RAF Cramwell in April 2008:
He joined Prince William on his tour of New Zealand in January of 2010:
And is spotted out and about with Kate and William all over the place, including at this polo match:
And after the final rehearsal at Westminster Abbey the day before the wedding:
His son Billy was one of the page boys at William and Kate’s wedding, which goes to show how close they have become over the years. We mentioned Billy in our post on our Favourite Moments of the Royal Wedding.
Here he is playing with Prince William playing around after a polo match:
And on the big day in a carriage with Pippa (and quite a bit taller!):
Jamie was also one of the few staff that joined William and Kate on their tour of Canada last year. He was everywhere! Here’s a shot of him with Kate when they landed in Calgary:
And here he is with Kate during her engagement at The Brink this past winter:
He seems like a very solid guy to have around.
Miss Rebecca Deacon, Private Secretary to the Duchess of Cambridge
Rebecca Deacon is a graduate of Newcastle University and at 29 is just about the same age as William and Kate. She worked on the Concert for Diana back in 2007 and became known for her trustworthiness and organizational skills. It must be nice for Kate to have another woman around who’s the same age and really “gets it.” Maybe she’ll get to join the Duke and Duchess on their upcoming trip to Asia and the South Pacific.
Here they are at a variety of engagements over the last few months:
That’s Rebecca on the right helping Kate navigate the throngs at a Buckingham Palace garden party this past summer:
We also got to see Rebecca during the Olympics. I believe that’s her in the row in front of Kate on the far right:
Mr. Miguel Head, Private Secretary to the Duke of Cambridge
At 33 years old, Mr. Head is also about the same age as William and he’s been working for the prince since 2009. In the picture above he is shown arriving at William and Kate’s wedding.
According to this article in The Telegraph, Mr. Head “joined the MoD press office in his early twenties and worked his way up, serving as the liaison with Clarence House when Harry went to war in 2007. Editors agreed a media blackout to allow Lieutenant Wales to serve in Afghanistan, but he had to be pulled out when foreign media gave the game away. Mr Head’s performance went down well with the Princes, who hired him.”
“They wanted someone who could help them with the public,” said a friend at the time. “They were impressed with how this new guy handled Harry’s stint in Afghanistan and they like him – he’s fun.”
Miss Helen Asprey, Personal Private Secretary to Prince Harry
Miss Asprey has been around for awhile and just a few months ago was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order for her services. In 2010, she was personal private secretary for both William and Harry and she did a lot of the planning for Kate and William’s wedding. On the evening of the day that William and Kate announced their engagement, she accompanied Kate to Westminster Abbey to check it out. Yes, it’s a small picture but that’s her on the far left behind Kate:
All in all, it seems like Kate, William, and Harry have put together a very solid team of smart and with it people around them. Any thoughts?