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Lord Charteris

Sue Lawley's castaway is former private secretary to the Queen Lord Charteris.

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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40 minutes

Music Played

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    The Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)

    • Mendelssohn: 5 Symphonies, 3 Overtures.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Francis Grier

    God Who Made The Earth And Sky

    • Music From Eton.
    • Capriole.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major - 2nd movement

    • Franz Schubert/ Israel Piano Trio.
    • CRDC.
  • Marlene Dietrich

    Lilli Marlene

    • The Great Standards/ Various Artists.
    • MCA.
  • Tom And Ted Legarde

    Waltzing Matilda

    • Australia/ Down Under Country.
    • Boomerang Music.
  • Bill Haley and His Comets

    Rock Around The Clock

    • The Old Gold Collection - 50s Number Ones Vol2.
    • Old Gold.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 94 in G major 'Surprise' - 1st movement

    • Haydn: Symphonies Nos 93, 94 & 96.
    • Philips.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'Emperor'

      • Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 5 & 2.
      • Decca.
  • Book Choice

    • War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

  • Luxury Choice

    • Set of wood-carving tools


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Lord Charteris


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