Former top aide of Queen Elizabeth II to lead new memorial committee – with public asked to submit their ideas | UK News
A former top aide to Queen Elizabeth II is to lead a new committee looking at ways to commemorate the life and service of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
Lord Robin Janvrin, who served as private secretary to the sovereign from 1999 to 2007, will chair the newly established Queen Elizabeth Memorial Committee.
The committee will put forward proposals for a permanent memorial for the former monarch, as well as a national legacy programme.
The ideas will centre around Queen Elizabeth II’s public service across her 70-year reign, as well as the causes she supported.
The committee will also engage with the public to bring in ideas and suggestions from across the UK.
Previous royal memorials include the statue of King George V opposite the Houses of Parliament and the memorial statue of King George VI on The Mall.
National legacy programmes for previous monarchs include the creation and protection of 506 parks, playing fields and green spaces in honour of King George V, and a bursary for youth leadership training to mark the life of King George VI.
The plans will be unveiled to coincide with what would have been Her Late Majesty’s hundredth birthday year in 2026.
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The committee will be jointly supported by the Royal Household and the UK government – which will consider funding options as proposals develop.
A range of senior figures and experts will be appointed to develop ideas and bring recommendations to The King and the prime minister.
Lord Janvrin said: “It is an honour to be asked to chair the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Committee.
“It will be a unique challenge to try to capture for future generations Her Late Majesty’s extraordinary contribution to our national life throughout her very long reign”
Who is Lord Janvrin?
A former Royal Navy officer and later a diplomat, Robin Janvrin is best known for his two decades of service to the Royal Household.
He first joined as the Queen’s press secretary in 1987, later taking on the role of assistant private secretary and then deputy private secretary.
In February 1999, he stepped up to the position of the Queen’s private secretary – the keeper of the sovereign’s official programme and the chief line of communication between monarchs and the governments of the Commonwealth.
He stayed in the role until his retirement in September 2007, after which he was knighted and appointed a life peer.
Since leaving the Royal Household, Lord Janvrin has served as Chairman of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, as a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, and a trustee of the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
He stepped down from all three roles in 2016, but remains a member of the British Library Board, a trustee of the Normandy Memorial Trust and Secretary of the Order of Merit.
Lord Janvrin also sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords.
Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden said: “Queen Elizabeth II was our longest reigning monarch and greatest public servant.
“Lord Janvrin will now begin the important work of designing a fitting tribute to her legacy of service to our nation and the Commonwealth.”