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Sir Charles Grey (1804-1870), General, private secretary to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and private secretary to Queen Victoria

Sitter in 4 portraits
Charles Grey joined the Army in 1820 and rose rapidly through the ranks, finally becoming a general in 1865. He was an MP from 1832 to 1837 but retired on Queen Victoria's accession, after which he was in almost constant attendance at court. Grey was an equerry to the queen from 1837 to 1867, and Prince Albert's private secretary from 1849 until his death in 1861. From then until his own death he served as secretary to the queen, who relied heavily upon him after the Prince Consort's death.