Chancellor’s Annual Lecture: ‘The Crown and The Commonwealth’

22nd May 2019 - 22nd May 2019
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‘The Crown and The Commonwealth’ – A talk by The Rt Hon. Lord Geidt

The Rt Hon. Lord Luce KG GCVO DL, Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar hosts his annual lecture.

The Rt Hon. Lord Geidt GCB GCVO OBE QSO, former Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II, will deliver a lecture titled ‘The Crown and The Commonwealth’ during a high-profile event at the University.

About the speaker 

Christopher Edward Wollaston MacKenzie Geidt
The Rt Hon. the Lord Geidt GCB GCVO OBE QSO PC
Baron Geidt, of Crobeg in the County of Ross and Cromarty

Joined the Lords: 3 November 2017

Private Secretary to the Sovereign: 8 September 2007 – 17 October 2017

Deputy Private Secretary to the Sovereign: 2005–2007

Geidt’s career began with military service in the British Army, including operational tours in the Gulf, Cambodia and former Yugoslavia.

He worked at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies before later joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he served in diplomatic posts in Sarajevo, Geneva and Brussels.

Geidt was recruited to the Royal Household in 2002 as Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen. He was promoted to Deputy Private Secretary in 2005 before serving for a decade as the Queen’s Private Secretary.

During his appointment as Private Secretary, Geidt was also Keeper of the Queen’s Archives and a Trustee of both the Royal Collection and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Trust (later the Queen’s Trust). He remains a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and is also Chairman of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

After ten years as Private Secretary, Geidt stepped down in October 2017. He was subsequently created Baron Geidt, of Crobeg in the County of Ross and Cromarty, and sits as a Crossbench peer in the House of Lords.

Lord Geidt has been Chairman of King’s College London Council since August 2016. He chairs the Chair’s Committee and the Fellowships & Honorary Degrees Committee; and is a member of the Governance & Nominations Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Geidt is the Honorary Regimental Colonel of the London Scottish Regiment, having succeeded George, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen in 2016.


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