According to the Court Circular Queen Elizabeth II of Britain yesterday received Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence at Windsor Castle, “when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order”, an order which is in the monarch’s gift and used to reward services rendered to the royal family. Thus the Vice Admiral is now Sir Timothy Laurence.
Laurence was equerry to Queen Elizabeth from 1986 to 1989 and was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order upon his retirement from that position. Since 2004 he is a personal aide-de-camp to the Queen, whose son-in-law he has been since marrying her only daughter Anne in 1992.
Whereas Princess Alexandra after her late husband, the Hon. Angus Ogilvy, was knighted in 1988 has been styled “Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy”, Princess Anne will not be styled “the Princess Anne, Lady Laurence” as her official title is “the Princess Royal”, a title which can only be given to the monarch’s only daughter. On the other hand she was known as “the Princess Anne, Mrs Mark Phillips” from the time of her first marriage to Captain Mark Phillips in 1973 until she was accorded the title Princess Royal in 1987.