Edward Young (courtier) : biography
Edward Young, LVO is the current Deputy Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II. He received his promotion in September 2007 after the promotion of Christopher Geidt from Deputy Private Secretary to Private Secretary, on the retirement of Sir Robin Janvrin, former Private Secretary, 1999–2007.
Young had been the Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen since September 2004. He succeeded Stuart Shilson in the Private Secretary’s Office. His replacement as Assistant Private Secretary is Douglas King.Elston, Laura. "Queen Appoints New Aide". PA Regional Newswire. 24 July 2007.
Young worked for the international side of Barclays Bank between 1985 and 1997 where he specialised in global trade finance before holding a number of executive positions including project manager for the European Currency Programme. In 1997 he moved to Barclays’ Head Office to become the bank’s Deputy Head of Corporate Public Relations.
From 1999 to 2001 he was advisor to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Michael Portillo and then to the Leader of the Opposition, William Hague.Buckingham Palace press release, 2004 In 2001, he was appointed Head of Communications at Granada PLC working primarily on the merger with Carlton Communications to form ITV PLC in 2004. Edward Young was born on 24 October 1966, and was educated as a boarder at Reading School in Berkshire.
In 2006, Buckingham Palace announcedBuckingham Palace website that in September 2007, Young would be promoted to the role of Deputy Private Secretary.
Young was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.
He was involved in the planning of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011 and is credited with writing her highly praised speech when she spoke in Irish.
On July 29, 2012 the Mail on Sunday (UK) and the Daily Telegraph (Australia) revealed how Young was responsible for asking Her majesty to star in the 007 film/parachute drop which opened the London 2012 Olympic Games. Director Danny Boyle first pitched the idea to Sebastian Coe, who loved it so much he took it to Young, a friend of Coe’s from their days advising William Hague. Young ‘listened sagely, laughed, and promised to ask the Boss’. Word came back to Coe that she would love to take part.