Robin Janvrin, Baron Janvrin

Robin Berry Janvrin, Baron Janvrin, GCB, GCVO, QSO, PC (born 20 September 1946) is a British courtier who was Private Secretary to Elizabeth II from February 1999 to September 2007.

The Lord Janvrin

Private Secretary to the Sovereign
In office
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
Preceded bySir Robert Fellowes
Succeeded bySir Christopher Geidt
Personal details
Born20 September 1946 (age 72)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Spouse(s)Isabelle de Boissonneaux de Chevigny
Alma materBritannia Royal Naval College and Brasenose College, Oxford

Early life

Born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Robin Berry Janvrin is the son of Vice Admiral Sir Hugh Richard Benest Janvrin and Nancy Edyth Fielding. He was educated at Marlborough College, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and Brasenose College, Oxford, from which he received a first class bachelor's degree in 1969, and of which he was made an Honorary Fellow in 1999. In 1962, he was selected to attend Camp Rising Sun in upstate New York.


Janvrin entered the Royal Navy in 1964, was commissioned as an acting sub-lieutenant on 1 September 1966,[1] promoted lieutenant on 4 March 1971,[2] and served until 2 July 1975.[3] He subsequently became a member of the Castaways' Club. On leaving the navy, Janvrin joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was a Second Secretary in 1975 and was appointed First Secretary at the mission to NATO in 1976. He was officially appointed an Officer of the Diplomatic Service on 7 February 1979.[4] Janvrin was First Secretary in New Delhi from 1981 to 1984, during which time he was made a Member of the 4th Class of the Royal Victorian Order[5] for services during the state visit by The Queen to India.

Janvrin was then Counsellor and Deputy Head of Department for the Personnel Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1985 to 1987.

On 1 June 1987 Janvrin was recruited as Press Secretary to The Queen,[6] though it was initially thought that he would be appointed Assistant Press Secretary. On 19 October 1990 he became Assistant Private Secretary to The Queen,[7] and in 1996 the Deputy Private Secretary. He was promoted a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 1994 New Year Honours,[8] Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 1998 New Year Honours,[9] and a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1997 New Year Honours.[10] In February 1999 he succeeded Sir Robert Fellowes (later Lord Fellowes) as Private Secretary to the Queen. He was promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2003 New Year Honours.[11]

Janvrin was also a Trustee of the Queen's 80th Birthday Trust,[12] and is the chairman of trustees of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Janvrin retired in September 2007, and was succeeded as Private Secretary by Christopher Geidt.[13] He was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 2007 Birthday Honours and,[14] on 24 July, it was announced that Janvrin would be made a life peer, as one of the ten public servants whom the Prime Minister may nominate for a peerage, upon their retirement, per Parliament.[15][16] His title was gazetted as Baron Janvrin, of Chalford Hill in the County of Gloucestershire on 10 October,[17] and he sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords. On the day of his retirement, 8 September, Janvrin was also promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order by The Queen.[18] In October, The Queen appointed Lord Janvrin to be a Permanent Lord-in-waiting in the Royal Household.[19]

In the 2008 New Zealand New Year Honours, Lord Janvrin was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for "services to New Zealand as Private Secretary to The Queen".[20]

On 7 January 2008 Janvrin took up his appointment of Deputy Chairman, HSBC Private Bank (UK). Janvrin is also Chairman of The Leadership Council, a research and thought leadership body in the UK.[21] In 2008, he replaced Sir Christopher Mallaby as president of the British Entente Cordiale Scholarship trust.[22]


Janvrin married Isabelle de Boissonneaux de Chevigny, daughter of Yann de Boissonneaux de Chevigny, in 1977.

In popular culture

Janvrin was portrayed by Roger Allam in Stephen Frears' The Queen (2006) starring Oscar-winner Dame Helen Mirren. The film, which deals with the immediate aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, inaccurately portrays Janvrin, then Deputy Private Secretary to the Sovereign, as Private Secretary.[23]


  • CB: Companion of the Order of the Bath, 1997
    • KCB: Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, 2003
      • GCB: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, 16 June 2007
  • LVO: Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, 1983 (regraded from MVO 4th Class in 1984)
    • CVO: Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, 1994
      • KCVO: Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, 1998
        • GCVO: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, 8 September 2007
  • Life Peerage: 10 October 2007
  • QSO: Companion of the Queen's Service Order, 2008
  • Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan, 2005 [24]
  • Saskatchewan Distinguished Service Award[25]


  • Mr Robin Janvrin 1946–1983
  • Mr Robin Janvrin MVO 1983–1984
  • Mr Robin Janvrin LVO 1984–1994
  • Mr Robin Janvrin CVO 1994–1997
  • Mr Robin Janvrin CB CVO 1997–1998
  • Sir Robin Janvrin KCVO CB PC 1998–2003
  • Sir Robin Janvrin KCB KCVO PC 2003 – 16 June 2007
  • Sir Robin Janvrin GCB KCVO PC 16 June 2007 – 8 September 2007
  • Sir Robin Janvrin GCB GCVO PC 8 September 2007 – 10 October 2007
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Janvrin GCB GCVO PC 10 October 2007 – 2008
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Janvrin GCB GCVO QSO PC 2008–present


  1. ^ "No. 44661". The London Gazette. 27 August 1968. pp. 9347–9348.
  2. ^ "No. 45454". The London Gazette. 24 August 1971. p. 9185.
  3. ^ "No. 46638". The London Gazette. 21 July 1975. p. 9320.
  4. ^ "No. 47811". The London Gazette. 5 April 1979. p. 4500.
  5. ^ "No. 49569". The London Gazette. 13 December 1983. p. 16478. Membership of the 4th Class was subsequently renamed so members of this grade became Lieutenants of the order, and were entitled to the postnominals LVO.
  6. ^ "No. 50942". The London Gazette. 9 June 1987. p. 7387.
  7. ^ "No. 52306". The London Gazette. 19 October 1990. p. 16315.
  8. ^ "No. 53527". The London Gazette. 30 December 1993. p. 4.
  9. ^ "No. 54993". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1997. p. 3.
  10. ^ "No. 54625". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1996. p. 3.
  11. ^ "No. 56797". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2002. p. 2.
  12. ^ Trustee, Queen's 80th Birthday Trust
  13. ^ "Announcement of the retirement of Sir Robin Janvrin" (Press release). Buckingham Palace. 19 December 2006. Retrieved 4 January 2007.
  14. ^ "No. 58358". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2007. p. 2.
  15. ^ "Announcement of Janvrin's life peerage nomination for service as Private Secretary to the Queen". 'Number 10' website. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007.
  16. ^ "No. 58411". The London Gazette. 3 August 2007. p. 11251.
  17. ^ "No. 58495". The London Gazette. 26 October 2007. p. 15513.
  18. ^ "No. 58465". The London Gazette. 28 September 2007. p. 14061.
  19. ^ The Times, 9 September 2007
  20. ^ DPMC – New Zealand Honours
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ "Regards Voices Around the world in seven Entente Cordiale scholars' stories" (PDF). website.
  23. ^ "The Queen (2006)". Roger Allam Films. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  24. ^ Excerpt from The Monarchist (Canada) Archived 21 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ Distinguished Service Award to Baron Janvrin by the provincial government of Saskatchewan
Court offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Fellowes
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
Succeeded by
Sir Christopher Geidt
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Camp Rising Sun is an international, full-scholarship, leadership summer program for students aged 14–16 by the Louis August Jonas Foundation (LAJF), a non-profit organization. Its seven-week program was operated from a boys' facility in Red Hook, New York, and a separate girls' facility in Clinton, New York, about 90 miles (140 km) north of New York City in the Hudson River Valley. Participants come from all over the world and are chosen by merit. Instead of being asked to pay for tuition, campers are requested to pass along, to someone else, the benefits they gained.

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In 1996, a group of Danish and other European alumni founded Camp Rising Sun Europe for young women. Organized and maintained by the George E. Jonas Foundation and the Camp Rising Sun Alumni Association of Denmark, the program was located in Stendis, Region Midtjylland, Denmark.


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Hal Janvrin (1892–1962), baseball player for the Boston Red Sox

John Janvrin (1762–1835), businessman, politician, militia officer, and justice of the peace in Canada

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Richard Janvrin (1915–1993), Royal Navy officer

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Janvrin Island Peninsula, Nova Scotia, community in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia

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