Desert Island Discs: Lord Charteris (1990)

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is a pillar of the British Establishment, Lord Charteris of Amisfield.

Educated at Eton and Sandhurst, he became, at the age of 36, Private Secretary to the young Princess Elizabeth, whom he was to serve for nearly 30 years, retiring only after when, as Queen Elizabeth the Second, she celebrated her Silver Jubilee. After leaving the royal household, he went back to Eton, where he has been Provost for the last 12 years. Among many things, Lord Charteris will be talking to Sue Lawley about the job of Private Secretary to the Queen, and how the Eton of today differs from the Eton he attended as a schoolboy some 50 years ago.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Emperor Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven

Book: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Luxury: Set of wood-carving tools

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