Robert Fellowes, Baron Fellowes
- For the actor Julian Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, see that article.
The Lord Fellowes
|Private Secretary to the Sovereign|
|Preceded by||Sir William Heseltine|
|Succeeded by||Lord Robin Janvrin|
|Born||11 December 1941|
|Spouse(s)||Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes|
|Alma mater||Eton College|
Robert Fellowes, Baron Fellowes, GCB, GCVO, QSO, PC (born 11 December 1941) was Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II from 1990 to 1999, and is also known as a brother-in-law of Diana, Princess of Wales and first cousin of Ronald Ferguson, the father of Sarah, Duchess of York.
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Fellowes is the son of Scots Guards Major Sir William Fellowes, the Queen's Land Agent at Sandringham, and of his wife Jane Charlotte Ferguson, daughter of Brigadier-General Algernon Francis Holford Ferguson (great-grandfather of Sarah, Duchess of York). The Fellowes of Shotesham are an old country family, related to the Lords De Ramsey (senior branch). According to Michael Rhodes (a British genealogist specializing in the British aristocracy and landed gentry), "Lord De Ramsey descends from one Coulson Fellowes (1696–1769), and Lady Jane's husband, Lord Fellowes, descends from Coulson's younger brother, William, of Shotesham Park, Norfolk."
Fellowes married Lady Jane Spencer, elder sister of Diana, Princess of Wales on 20 April 1978 at Westminster Abbey, when he was an Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen. The then-Lady Diana Spencer was a bridesmaid. They have three children, Laura Jane Fellowes, (born 19 July 1980), Alexander Robert Fellowes, (born 23 March 1983), and Eleanor Ruth Fellowes (born 20 August 1985).
Fellowes played cricket for Norfolk in the 1959 Minor Counties Championship, making one appearance each against Buckinghamshire and the Nottinghamshire Second XI. Fellowes was educated at Eton College and joined the Scots Guards in 1960 on a short service commission. After completion of service in 1963 he entered the banking industry, working for Allen Harvey and Ross Ltd, discount brokers and bankers, 1964–77. He was a managing director from 1968.
In 1977 Fellowes was recruited to join the Royal Household as Assistant Private Secretary. He spent the next 20 years in the Private Secretary's Office, becoming Deputy in 1986, and Private Secretary in 1990.
Fellowes left his position in February 1999 to return to private banking, his retirement having been announced implicitly on 1 June 1998 when his successor Robin Janvrin was named. He was created a life peer on 12 July 1999 taking the title Baron Fellowes, of Shotesham in the County of Norfolk in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. He sits as a crossbench peer.
Lord Fellowes was introduced to the House of Lords and took his seat formally on 26 October 1999. According to reports from the House of Lords, Lord Fellowes remains technically a member of the Royal Household.
Return to private life
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After retirement from the Royal Household, Lord Fellowes became Vice-Chairman, and then Chairman, of Barclays Private Banking. He is also a company director, and a trustee of the Rhodes Trust, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Commonwealth Institute. He was Chairman of The Voices Foundation from 2004 until 2012. He became Chair of the Prison Reform Trust in 2001.
Honours and decorations
Besides his life peerage, Lord Fellowes has received the following honours:
- Order of the Bath:
- Royal Victorian Order:
- Queen's Service Order (QSO), 1999
Styles of address
- 1941–1983: Mr Robert Fellowes
- 1983–1987: Mr Robert Fellowes LVO
- 1987–1989: Mr Robert Fellowes CB LVO
- 1989–1990: Sir Robert Fellowes KCVO CB
- 1990–1991: The Rt Hon Sir Robert Fellowes KCVO CB
- 1991–1996: The Rt Hon Sir Robert Fellowes KCB KCVO
- 1996–1998: The Rt Hon Sir Robert Fellowes GCVO KCB
- 1998–1999: The Rt Hon Sir Robert Fellowes GCB GCVO
- 1999–present: The Rt Hon The Lord Fellowes GCB GCVO QSO PC
He was made a Privy Counsellor (PC) in 1990.
Royal Victorian Order (Appointed LVO 1983; KCVO 1989; GCVO 1996) Queen's Service Order (Appointed 1999)
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Sir William Heseltine
| Private Secretary to the Sovereign