The Private Secretary is responsible for supporting The Queen in her duties as Head of State.

The office holder is the channel of communication between the Head of State and the Government, not only in the United Kingdom but also in the 15 other realms of which The Queen is Sovereign.

The Private Secretary also liaises with the Armed Forces, the Church and the many organisations of which Her Majesty is patron.

The current Private Secretary to The Queen is The Rt. Hon. Edward Young CVO, who took up the role in October 2017.

Mr Young had earlier served as Deputy Private Secretary and Assistant Private Secretary, having joined The Royal Household in 2004.

Previously, he had worked for Granada PLC as Head of Corporate Communications and for Barclays PLC, where he held a range of financial and executive roles.