The Honourable George Edward Adeane, CVO died on this past Tuesday, 20 May 2015. Adeane was Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales from 1979-1985.
Born in 1939, he was the son of Sir Michael Adeane and Helen Chetwynd-Stapleton.
Adeane’s father, Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Edward Adeane, Baron Adeane GCB GCVO PC was Private Secretary to The Queen during the first twenty years of her reign. Prior to serving Her Majesty, he was King George VI’s Assistant Private Secretary from 1945 until 1952. He remained in that post for The Queen until 1953 as he was promoted to Private Secretary and admitted to the Privy Council.
Educated at Eton College and Magdalene College, Cambridge, he was a Page of Honour to The Queen from 1954 to 1956.
From 1960-1961, he was a Plebiscite Supervisor in the Southern Cameroon. Called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1962, he specialised in libel law until 1979.
In May 1979, Adeane was named Private Secretary and Treasurer to Prince Charles succeeding Sqdr Ldr David Checketts.
Upon the marriage of Charles and Diana, Adeane was appointed the Diana’s treasurer in 1981.
In 1984, Adeane was given an additional job as the private secretary to the then Princess of Wales after Oliver Everett resigned.
Adeane resigned on 31 March 1985 after disputes and allegations that he was making decisions without consulting Charles.
He was Equerry to Prince Charles from 1979-1981 and an Extra Equerry from 1985.
Adeane would represent Charles at Royal Household Memorial services and he returned to practise at the Bar.
His departure initiated a period of uncertainty for the coming years. He was replaced by Sir John Riddell.
Adeane lost the prince’s favour, but he remained a regular guest of the Queen Mother at Birkhall each September for the Grouse shooting season.
Adeane was appointed a CVO in 1985.
Adeane is survived by his companion, Brent Snape.
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