Christopher Geidt, Baron Geidt

Christopher Edward Wollaston MacKenzie Geidt, Baron Geidt, GCB, GCVO, OBE, QSO, PC (born 17 August 1961), is a member of the House of Lords and Chairman of King's College London.[1][2][3][4] He was Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II from 2007 to 2017.[5]

The Lord Geidt

Official portrait of Lord Geidt crop 2
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
In office
8 September 2007 – 17 October 2017
MonarchElizabeth II
DeputyEdward Young
Preceded bySir Robin Janvrin
Succeeded byEdward Young
Deputy Private Secretary to the Sovereign
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
SecretarySir Robin Janvrin
Preceded byMary Francis
Succeeded byEdward Young
Personal details
Born17 August 1961 (age 58)
Marylebone, London, UK
Emma Neill (m. 1996)
Alma materKing's College, London
Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Magdalen College, Oxford

Early life and education

Born in Marylebone, son of magistrates' court chief clerk Mervyn Bernard Geidt (1926-1991) and Diana Cecil (née MacKenzie),[6][7][8] Geidt attended the Dragon School, Oxford, Glenalmond College, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He graduated in War Studies from King's College, London, and in International Relations from Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Geidt also spent periods at Bristol, Harvard and Oxford universities.[9] He is a Fellow of King's College London (FKC), an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple.[10][11][12]


An Army Scholar, Geidt enlisted in the Scots Guards and attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was later commissioned in the Intelligence Corps.[9]

In 1987, Geidt joined the staff of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, becoming an Assistant Director.[13] From 1994 he worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in diplomatic posts in Sarajevo, Geneva and Brussels.[9]

In 1991, Geidt and Anthony de Normann sued the journalist John Pilger and Central Television over the documentary Cambodia: The Betrayal in which they were accused of being members of the SAS secretly engaged in the training of the Khmer Rouge. Geidt and de Normann accepted ‘very substantial’ damages and all costs.[14] In a related libel action Ann Clwyd MP, then shadow minister for overseas development, issued a public apology to Geidt and de Normann and agreed to meet all legal costs.[15]

During and after the war in Bosnia (1992–1995), Geidt was deployed to liaise with the Bosnian Serb leadership, including Radovan Karadžić, Momčilo Krajišnik and General Ratko Mladić, all later indicted for war crimes.[16][17][18] He assisted the High Representative, Carl Bildt, in negotiating with Serbian President Slobodan Milošević for the removal of Karadžić from the Presidency of the Bosnian Serb ‘Republic’ in 1996.[19]

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 (2007–2017).

During his appointment as Private Secretary, Geidt was also Keeper of the Royal 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. [20][21][22][23]

As Private Secretary, Geidt had been a member of the so-called 'golden triangle' of senior British officials – the others being the Cabinet Secretary and the Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister – with key responsibilities in the event of a 'hung parliament' in the United Kingdom, as happened in 2010.[24]

After ten years as Private Secretary, Geidt stepped down in October 2017.[25] 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.[26] In early March 2019 he was appointed a Permanent Lord-in-waiting.[27]

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


In 1996, Geidt married Emma Charlotte Angela Neill, younger daughter of Patrick Neill, Baron Neill of Bladen.[28] The couple have two daughters. Geidt's father was the first cousin of actor Jeremy Geidt.[29][30]

Honours and awards

Geidt was appointed a Privy Counsellor (PC) in 2007.[31]

Coronet of a British Baron Life peer as Baron Geidt 3 November 2017[26]
Order of the Bath UK ribbon Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) 2018 New Year Honours
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) 2014 New Year Honours
Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) 5 October 2017[32][33]
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) 2011 Birthday Honours
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) 2007[34]
Order of the British Empire (Civil) Ribbon Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 1997 Birthday Honours (Diplomatic Service and Overseas List) ‘for services to British interests in Bosnia’.[35]
QueenServiceRibbon Companion of the Queen's Service Order (QSO) 2018 New Year Honours (New Zealand)
Gulf Medal BAR Gulf Medal with one clasp
UNTAC Medal bar United Nations Medal (United Nations) United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC)
ONZ Medal w Służbie Pokoju UNPROFOR BAR United Nations Medal (United Nations) United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR)
ECMM Medal YUG ribbon bar European Community Monitor Mission Medal (European Union) 'for service in the former Yugoslavia'
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
Legion Honneur GO ribbon Grand Officier, Légion d'honneur (France) 2014[36]
Officier, Légion d'honneur (France) 2004


  • Christopher Geidt Esq. 1961–1997
  • Christopher Geidt OBE 1997–2007
  • The Rt Hon Christopher Geidt CVO OBE 2007–2011
  • The Rt Hon Sir Christopher Geidt KCVO OBE 2011–2014
  • The Rt Hon Sir Christopher Geidt KCB KCVO OBE 2014–2017
  • The Rt Hon Sir Christopher Geidt GCVO KCB OBE 2017–2017
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Geidt GCVO KCB OBE PC 2017–2018
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Geidt GCB GCVO OBE QSO PC 2018–present


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  14. ^ "The Lie is Indeed Breathtaking Mr Pilger, But Who Told It". The Australian. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  15. ^ Reported by The Times on 6 July 1991
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  30. ^ Corpus Christi College Oxford Biographical Register 1880-1974, 1988, p. 230
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Court offices
Preceded by
Sir Robin Janvrin
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
Succeeded by
Edward Young
Academic offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Wellington
Chairman of King's College London
Succeeded by
Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

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Department of International Development (King's College London)

The Department of International Development (DID) is an inter-disciplinary development department located within the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at King's College London. DID was launched in 2013 with a focus on the phenomena faced by middle-income developing countries. Its research revolves around development theory, political economy, economics, geography, and social policy.DID has students from 50 countries worldwide, who make half of all the student body. The department is a member of European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes. It has strong links with the Department for International Development, British Academy, Oxfam and UNDP, while its staff holds associate positions at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Center for Global Development and the Institute of Development Studies. King's College London is ranked as one of the top 10 global development learning programs in the UK by QS University Ranking.

Gordon Museum of Pathology

The Gordon Museum of Pathology is a medical museum that is part of King's College London in London, England. It is one of the largest pathology museums in the world and is the largest medical museum in the United Kingdom. Its primary function is to train medical, dental, biomedical and healthcare students and professionals to diagnose diseases.

History of King's College London

The history of King's College London, on its own, spans over 185 years since it was founded by Royal Charter. King George IV granted such charter on 14 August 1829. The full history, however, includes the medical schools than now constitute King's College London GKT School of Medical Education. This incorporates St Thomas's Hospital Medical School, one of the oldest medical schools in Britain, with a history of medical teaching that can be traced back to at least 1561. St Thomas' Hospital itself dates back to 1173, and has roots in the establishment of St Mary Overie Priory in 1106.

Jeremy Geidt

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King's Building, London

The King's Building is a Grade I listed building that forms part of the Strand Campus of King's College London in the United Kingdom. Originally named the College Building, the King's Building was designed by Sir Robert Smirke in the course of the College's foundation in 1829. As the founding building, it was built between 1829 and 1831 on land granted to King's College by the Government to complete the riverside frontage of Somerset House.

There are today a total of eight floors in the King's Building: Basement level, Ground level, Levels 1 to 4, Level 4U and Level 6. The King's Building houses a number of administrative departments (Estates & Facilities Offices, Admissions Office, Accommodation and Cashiers' Office), lecture theatres (most notably the Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre and Anatomy Lecture Theatre), the College Chapel, the Great Hall, various function rooms (Old Council Room, Committee Room, River Room, Somerset Room, St David's Room), study rooms and a catering outlet.

King's College London

King's College London (informally King's or KCL) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, and a founding college and member institution of the federal University of London. King's was established in 1829 by King George IV and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, when it received its first royal charter (as a university college), and claims to be the fourth oldest university institution in England. In 1836, King's became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London. In the late 20th century, King's grew through a series of mergers, including with Queen Elizabeth College and Chelsea College of Science and Technology (in 1985), the Institute of Psychiatry (in 1997), the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery (in 1998).

King's has five campuses: its historic Strand Campus in central London, three other Thames-side campuses (Guy's, St Thomas' and Waterloo) and one in Denmark Hill in south London. In 2017/18, King's had a total income of £841.1 million, of which £194.4 million was from research grants and contracts. It is the 12th largest university in the United Kingdom by total enrolment. It has the fifth largest endowment of any university in the United Kingdom, and the largest of any in London. Its academic activities are organised into nine faculties, which are subdivided into numerous departments, centres, and research divisions.

King's is generally considered part of the 'golden triangle' of research-intensive English universities alongside the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London, and The London School of Economics. It is a member of academic organisations including the Association of Commonwealth Universities, European University Association, and the Russell Group. King's is home to six Medical Research Council centres and is a founding member of the King's Health Partners academic health sciences centre, Francis Crick Institute and MedCity. It is the largest European centre for graduate and post-graduate medical teaching and biomedical research, by number of students, and includes the world's first nursing school, the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.Globally, it was ranked 33rd in the 2020 QS World University Rankings, 98th in the 2019 CWTS Leiden Ranking, 38th in the 2019 THE World University Rankings, and 56th in the 2018 ARWU. King's was ranked 42nd in the world for reputation in the annual Times Higher Education survey of academics for 2018. Nationally it was ranked 25th in the 2020 Complete University Guide, 35th in the 2019 Times/Sunday Times University Guide, and 63rd in the 2020 Guardian University Guide.King's alumni and staff include 12 Nobel laureates; contributors to the discovery of DNA structure, Hepatitis C and the Higgs boson; pioneers of in-vitro fertilisation, stem cell/mammal cloning and the modern hospice movement; and key researchers advancing radar, radio, television and mobile phones. Alumni also include heads of states, governments and intergovernmental organisations; nineteen members of the current House of Commons and seventeen members of the current House of Lords; and the recipients of three Oscars, three Grammys and an Emmy.

King's College London–UCL rivalry

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King's Health Partners

King's Health Partners is an academic health science centre located in London, United Kingdom. It comprises King's College London, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.King's Health Partners' member organisations have a combined annual turnover of around £3.7 billion, treat over 4.8 million patients each year, employ approximately 40,000 staff and teach nearly 30,000 students. It forms one of the largest centres for healthcare education in Europe.

List of Honorary Fellows of Magdalen College, Oxford

Magdalen College, Oxford, like all Oxford colleges, may elect certain

distinguished old members of the college, or benefactors and friends, as 'Honorary Fellows' as an honour and sign of respect or appreciation. This is a list of those so elected:

Anatole Abragam

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Julian Barnes

Stephen Breyer

Peter Brook

Nicolas Browne-Wilkinson, Baron Browne-Wilkinson

Harry Christophers

Cecil Clementi

Sir John Eccles

Bill Emmott

Gareth Evans (politician)

James Fenton

Howard Florey, Baron Florey

Malcolm Fraser

Christopher Geidt, Baron Geidt

A. D. Godley

Keith Griffin

William Hague, Baron Hague of Richmond

Seamus Heaney

John Hemming

Alan Hollinghurst

Michael Jay, Baron Jay of Ewelme

Dame Frances Kirwan

Donald Knuth

Harold Hongju Koh

Sir Anthony Leggett

C.S. Lewis

Sir Kit McMahon

Sir Peter Medawar

J. H. C. Morris

Patrick Neill, Baron Neill of Bladen

Sir Walter Parratt

Sir Jonathan Porritt

Sir Shridath Ramphal

Matt Ridley, Viscount Ridley

Anthony Smith

David Souter

Michael Spence

Strobe Talbott

A.J.P. Taylor

Sir Michael Wheeler-Booth

John Zachary Young

List of King's College London alumni

This list of King's College London alumni comprises notable graduates as well as non-graduate former, and current, students. It also includes those who may be considered alumni by extension, having studied at institutions later merged with King's College London. It does not include those whose only connection with the college is (i) being a member of the staff or (ii) the conferral of an honorary degree or honorary fellowship.

List of barons in the peerages of Britain and Ireland

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This page includes all life barons, including the Law Lords created under the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876. However hereditary peers with the rank of viscount or higher holding also a life peerage are not included.

List of current members of the British Privy Council

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The Council is composed mostly of politicians (be they from the British government, other parties, or Commonwealth governments) and civil servants, both current and retired (since membership is for life). Among those politicians generally sworn of the council are Ministers of the Crown, the few most senior figures of the Loyal Opposition, the Parliamentary leader of the third-largest party (currently SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford), and a couple of the most senior figures in the devolved British governments, including the First Ministers. Besides these, the Council includes a very few members of the Royal Family (usually the consort and heir apparent only), a few dozen judges (the Supreme Court Justices, the Senior Judges of England and Wales, and the Senators of the College of Justice of the Inner House in Scotland) and a few clergy (the three most senior Church of England bishops).

List of members of Middle Temple

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The following notable people were called to the Bar by the Middle Temple.

Museum of Life Sciences

The Museum of Life Sciences is a life science and natural history museum that is part of King's College London in London, England. It is housed on the Guy's Campus, adjacent to the Gordon Museum of Pathology in the Hodgkin Building. It was founded in 2009 and is the first new museum in King's College for over 100 years. It exists to explain the diversity of animal and plant life in the context of the biological and health sciences. The current curator is Dr Gillian Sales.The Museum contains historic biological and pharmaceutical collections from the constituent colleges (Queen Elizabeth College, Chelsea College and Institute of Psychiatry) that make up the modern King's College London. The specimens of the Museum date from 1800s to the present, and are arranged into distinct collections: Zoological, Botanical, Pharmaceutical, Microscope Slide and Craniofacial Skeletal collections. These include skeletons, fluid-preserved material, taxidermy, dried items, fossils, microscope and a herbarium of plant material.

Patrick Neill, Baron Neill of Bladen

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