Robert Fellowes, Baron Fellowes

Robert Fellowes, Baron Fellowes, GCB, GCVO, QSO, PC (born 11 December 1941) is a British courtier who was Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II from 1990 to 1999, and is also known as a brother-in-law of Diana, Princess of Wales and first cousin of Ronald Ferguson, the father of Sarah, Duchess of York.

The Lord Fellowes

Private Secretary to the Sovereign
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded bySir William Heseltine
Succeeded byLord Robin Janvrin
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
12 July 1999
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born11 December 1941 (age 77)
Spouse(s)Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes
Alma materEton College

Family background

Fellowes is the son of Scots Guards Major Sir William Fellowes, the Queen's Land Agent at Sandringham, and of his wife Jane Charlotte Ferguson, daughter of Brigadier-General Algernon Francis Holford Ferguson (great-grandfather of Sarah, Duchess of York). The Fellowes of Shotesham are an old country family, related to the Lords De Ramsey (senior branch).[1]

He is distantly related to actor and peer Julian Fellowes. They have a common ancestor William Fellowes, who lived in 1653.[2]

Fellowes married Lady Jane Spencer, elder sister of Diana, Princess of Wales on 20 April 1978 at Westminster Abbey, when he was an Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen. The then-Lady Diana Spencer was a bridesmaid. They have three children, Laura Jane Fellowes, (born 19 July 1980), Alexander Robert Fellowes, (born 23 March 1983), and Eleanor Ruth Fellowes (born 20 August 1985).[1]

Early career

Fellowes played cricket for Norfolk in the 1959 Minor Counties Championship,[3] making one appearance each against Buckinghamshire and the Nottinghamshire Second XI.[4] Fellowes was educated at Eton College and joined the Scots Guards in 1960 on a short service commission. After completion of service in 1963 he entered the banking industry, working for Allen Harvey and Ross Ltd, discount brokers and bankers, 1964–77. He was a managing director from 1968.

Royal service

In 1977 Fellowes was recruited to join the Royal Household as Assistant Private Secretary. He spent the next 20 years in the Private Secretary's Office, becoming Deputy in 1986, and Private Secretary in 1990.[5]

Fellowes left his position in February 1999 to return to private banking, his retirement having been announced implicitly on 1 June 1998 when his successor Robin Janvrin was named. He was created a life peer on 12 July 1999 taking the title Baron Fellowes, of Shotesham in the County of Norfolk[6][7] in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.[8] He sits as a crossbench peer.

Lord Fellowes was introduced to the House of Lords and took his seat formally on 26 October 1999. According to reports from the House of Lords, Lord Fellowes remains technically a member of the Royal Household.[9]

Return to private life

After retirement from the Royal Household, Lord Fellowes became Vice-Chairman, and then Chairman, of Barclays Private Banking. He is also a company director, and a trustee of the Rhodes Trust, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Commonwealth Institute. He was Chairman of The Voices Foundation from 2004 until 2012. He became Chair of the Prison Reform Trust in 2001.

Honours and decorations

Besides his life peerage, Lord Fellowes has received the following honours:

He was made a Privy Counsellor (PC) in 1990.

He remains the Secretary and Registrar of the Order of Merit as of 19 July 2016.[17]


  1. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 1406. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ Lynn Barber (27 November 2004). "Jolly good Fellowes". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Player profile: Robert Fellowes". CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Robert Fellowes". CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  5. ^ Tomlinson, Richard (20 December 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". Independent.
  6. ^ "No. 55555". The London Gazette. 16 July 1999. p. 7715.
  7. ^ House of Lords (26 October 1999). "Announcement of his introduction at the House of Lords". Minutes of proceedings. Retrieved 26 July 2006.
  8. ^ House of Lords (13 October 1999). "House of Lords: Membership". Publications & records. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  9. ^ House of Lords (13 October 1999). "Select Committee on Constitution Fourth Report: APPENDIX 1". Publications & records. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  10. ^ "No. 50764". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1986. p. 3.
  11. ^ "No. 52382". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1990. p. 3.
  12. ^ "No. 54993". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1997. p. 2.
  13. ^ "No. 49375". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 1983. p. 4.
  14. ^ "No. 51772". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 1989. p. 4.
  15. ^ "No. 54427". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1996. p. 4.
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Court Circular, July 19". The Times. Retrieved 15 September 2016.

External links

Court offices
Preceded by
Sir William Heseltine
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
Succeeded by
Lord Janvrin
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Patel
Baron Fellowes
Followed by
The Lord Stevenson of Coddenham
Fellows (surname)

Fellows or Fellowes is a surname.

Notable people with the surname include:

Ailwyn Fellowes, 1st Baron Ailwyn (1855–1924), British businessman, farmer and politician

Carol Fellowes, 4th Baron Ailwyn (1896–1988), British peer

Charles Fellows (disambiguation)

Charlie Fellows (disambiguation)

Christine Fellows (born 1968), Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter

Daisy Fellowes (1890–1962), French socialite

Darren Fellows (born 1975), British musician

Deborah Copenhaver Fellows, American sculptor

Don Fellows (1922–2007), American actor

Edmund Fellowes (E.H. Fellowes) (1870–1951), English musicologist, cleric and authority on Tudor church music

Edwin R. Fellows (1865–1945), founder of the Fellows Gear Shaper Company

Eric Fellowes, 3rd Baron Ailwyn (1887–1976), British peer

Frank Fellows (basketball), American basketball coach

Frank Fellows (politician) (1889–1951), U.S. Representative from Maine

Gary Fellows (born 1978), English cricketer

George Byron Lyon-Fellowes (1815–1876), Mayor of Ottawa (1876)

Graeme Fellowes (1934–2013), Australian rules footballer

Graham Fellows (born 1959), English comic actor

Grant Fellows (1865-1929), American jurist

Harvey Fellows (1826–1907), English cricketer

James Fellowes (cricketer) (1841–1916), English cricketer

James Fellowes (lord lieutenant) (1849–1935), English lord lieutenant

James Fellowes (physician) (1771–1857), English physician

Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes (born 1957), older sister of Diana, Princess of Wales

Jonathan Fellows-Smith (born 1932), former South African cricketer

John R. Fellows (1832–1896), U.S. Representative from New York

Julian Fellowes (born 1949), English actor, novelist and screenwriter

Michael Fellows (born 1952), American academic

Mike Fellows (born 1965), American musician

Newton Fellowes (1772–1854), English politician

Robert Fellowes, Baron Fellowes (born 1941), Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II (1990–1999); brother-in-law of Diana, Princess of Wales

Robert Fellows (1903–1969), American film producer

Ron Fellows (born 1959), Canadian racing car driver

Scott Fellows (born 1965), American television writer and producer

Stephen Fellows English songwriter

Stewart Fellows (born 1948), English professional footballer

Thomas Fellowes (1778-1853), Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic Wars

Thomas Hounsom Butler Fellowes (1827–1923), a Royal Navy officer during the Victorian era.

Walter Fellows (1834–1901), English cricketer

Warren Fellows (born 1952), Australian convicted of drug trafficking in 1981

Wes Fellowes (born 1961), Australian Rules Footballer

William Fellowes, 2nd Baron de Ramsey (1848–1925), British Conservative politician

William Henry Fellowes (1769–1837), British M.P.

Frances Shand Kydd

Frances Ruth Shand Kydd (previously Frances Spencer, Viscountess Althorp, née Roche; 20 January 1936 – 3 June 2004) was the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales. As such, she was the maternal grandmother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, respectively second and sixth in the line of succession to the British throne. Following her divorce from Viscount Althorp in 1969, and later Diana's death in 1997, Shand Kydd devoted the final years of her life to Roman Catholic charity work.

Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes

Cynthia Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes (née Spencer; born 11 February 1957) is one of the two older sisters of Diana, Princess of Wales, the other being Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer

Edward John "Johnnie" Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, (24 January 1924 – 29 March 1992), styled Viscount Althorp until June 1975, was a British peer and nobleman. He was the father of Diana, Princess of Wales, which makes him the maternal grandfather of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, respectively second and sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.

List of Old Etonians born in the 20th century

The following notable pupils of Eton College were born in the 20th century.

List of barons in the peerages of Britain and Ireland

This is a list of the 1187 present and extant Barons (Lords of Parliament, in Scottish terms) in the Peerages of England, Scotland, Great Britain, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Note that it does not include those extant baronies which have become merged (either through marriage or elevation) with higher peerage dignities and are today only seen as subsidiary titles. For a more complete list, which adds these "hidden" baronies as well as extinct, dormant, abeyant, and forfeit ones, see List of Baronies.

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

This is a list of current members of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, along with the roles they fulfil and the date when they were sworn of the Council. Throughout this article, the prefix The Rt Hon. is omitted, because every Counsellor bears it, as is the postnominal PC, as every Counsellor who is also a peer uses it.

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 life peerages (1997–2010)

This is a list of life peerages in the Peerage of the United Kingdom created under the Life Peerages Act 1958 from 1997 to 2010, during the tenures of the Labour prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

List of military veterans in British politics

This is a list of currently serving (2016) members House of Commons, House of Lords, Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales, Northern Ireland Assembly, Police and Crime Commissioner and UK members of the European Parliament who are Military veterans.

Lord Fellowes

The Lord Fellowes can refer to:

Robert Fellowes, Baron Fellowes

Julian Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford

Robert Fellowes

Robert Fellowes may refer to:

Robert Fellowes, Baron Fellowes (born 1941), former Private Secretary to Elizabeth II

Robert Fellowes (philanthropist) (1771–1847), English philanthropist

Coat of arms of Robert Fellowes, Baron Fellowes
Coronet of a Baron
A Lion's Head erased Or, murally crowned Argent, charged on the neck with a Fess dancettée Ermine.
Azure, a Fess indented Ermine, between three Lions' Heads erased Or, murally crowned Argent.
Order of the Bath circlet (Appointed CB 1987; KCB 1991; GCB 1998)

Royal Victorian Order (Appointed LVO 1983; KCVO 1989; GCVO 1996) Queen's Service Order (Appointed 1999)


This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.