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Sir Timothy Laurence
Birth name Timothy James Hamilton Laurence
Born (1955-03-01) 1 March 1955 (age 59)
Camberwell, South London, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1973–2011
Rank Vice-Admiral
Commands held HMS Boxer (1990–1992)
HMS Cumberland (1995–1996)
HMS Montrose (1996)
Chief Executive, Defence Estates (2007–11)
Battles/wars NATO intervention in Bosnia
Awards Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Mentioned in Despatches
Spouse(s) Anne, Princess Royal
(m. 1992)

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy James Hamilton Laurence KCVO CB ADC(P) (born 1 March 1955) is a retired British naval officer and the second husband of Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Laurence was Equerry to the Queen from 1986 to 1989.

Early life and education[edit]

Timothy James Hamilton Laurence was born in Camberwell, South London, the son of Commander Guy Stewart Laurence (also salesman for a marine engine manufacturer) and Barbara Alison Laurence, née Symons.

Laurence was first educated at The New Beacon Preparatory School and then at Sevenoaks School, Kent, and University College, University of Durham,[1] on a Naval Scholarship, where he received a Bachelor of Science upper 2nd class honours degree in geography. At university, he edited the student newspaper, Palatinate,[2] and was captain of his college cricket team.

Naval career[edit]

He was promoted to midshipman on 1 January 1973, and acting sub-lieutenant on 1 January 1975. Upon leaving Durham he completed his initial training at the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, and was posted to HMS Aurora, a Plymouth-based frigate. He was promoted to Lieutenant 10 months early, on 1 March 1977.

In 1978 he was attached to the training establishment HMS Vernon and in the next year served on the minesweeper HMS Pollington.

Laurence served briefly as Navigating Officer of the Royal Yacht HMY Britannia, and 1980 to 1982 in the same role on the destroyer HMS Sheffield. He took command of the patrol boat HMS Cygnet off Northern Ireland in 1982, as part of the patrols for IRA gun-runners.

After attending HMS Dryad for a Principal Warfare Officer course, Laurence was promoted to Lieutenant Commander (1 March 1985), and posted to the frigate HMS Alacrity. He attended the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Tactics Course (RANTACCS) at HMAS Watson, Sydney in March 1986 during which he was notified of his first staff appointment commencing April 1986 as Equerry to The Queen. He was promoted to Commander on 31 December 1988.

In October 1989 he was posted to the new frigate HMS Boxer, and took over as Commanding Officer on 30 January 1990, at the age of 34.

Between 1992 and 1994 Laurence was with the naval staff in the Ministry of Defence, London. On 16 May 1994 he was appointed the first Military Assistant to the Secretary of State for Defence (Malcolm Rifkind), to provide military advice in his private office.

Laurence was promoted to Captain on 30 June 1995, and until 1996 was in command of the frigate HMS Cumberland. In May 1996 the ship was back from the Adriatic, where HMS Cumberland served in the NATO-led IFOR. On 27 August 1996 Laurence became Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Montrose as well as Captain of the 6th Frigate Squadron. Until October 1996 the ship was in the South Atlantic, on Falkland Islands patrol.

From July 1997 he was back in the Ministry of Defence, initially on the Naval Staff and then from June 1998, on promotion to Commodore, as a member of the Implementation Team for the 1998 Strategic Defence Review.

Later career[edit]

From January 1999 he was Hudson Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, where he wrote a paper on the relationship between humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping. He was then posted to the Joint Services Command and Staff College as a Commodore, as Assistant Commandant (Navy), effective 15 June 1999.

From 2001 to the spring of 2004 he was back at the Ministry of Defence, as Director of Navy Resources and Programmes.

Laurence was promoted to Rear Admiral (effective 5 July 2004[3]), and made Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff with responsibility for Resources and Plans, July 2004. On 30 April 2007 he was promoted to Vice Admiral, and made Chief Executive of Defence Estates (since renamed Defence Infrastructure Organisation, as of 2008).[4][5]

He became Head of Profession for the British Government's Property Asset Management community in July 2009. The community includes practitioners in construction procurement, estates & property management and facilities/contracts management. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has made Laurence an Honorary Member in recognition of this very significant span of asset management responsibility.

He retired from the Navy in August 2010 and now pursues a portfolio of mainly non-executive and charitable interests, with a particular emphasis on property and regeneration. He is on the Board of the project management company, Capita Symonds, is non-executive Chairman of the property developers, Dorchester Regeneration, and is acting Chairman of Saturnland, a newly established company specialising in site reclamation and regeneration. As a Senior Military Adviser to PA Consulting, he contributes to their property work as well as advising on defence issues. He is on the Boards of English Heritage, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the HMS Victory Preservation Company. Transport interests include membership of the First Great Western Advisory Board. Other activities include tennis, golf, sailing, field sports and battlefield tours.


He met Princess Anne when he served as an Equerry to Queen Elizabeth II, when her first marriage to Captain Mark Phillips broke down. Commander Laurence and Anne were married on 12 December 1992, in a Church of Scotland ceremony at Crathie Parish Church, Ballater, near Balmoral, the Church of Scotland permitting the remarriage of divorced people.

He received no peerage on marriage, but was knighted by the Queen in June 2011 as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.[6]

Princess Anne retained her country estate, Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, after her divorce. After they were married, she and Laurence leased as their London residence a flat in the Dolphin Square complex, in Westminster. They later returned to apartments in Buckingham Palace and now have an apartment at St James's Palace.[7]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • Timothy Laurence, Esq. (1955–1973)
  • Midshipman Timothy Laurence (1973–1975)
  • Acting Sub-Lieutenant Timothy Laurence (1975–1977)
  • Lieutenant Timothy Laurence, RN (1977–1985)
  • Lieutenant-Commander Timothy Laurence (1985–1988)
  • Commander Timothy Laurence (1988–1989)
  • Commander Timothy Laurence MVO (1989–1995)
  • Captain Timothy Laurence MVO RN (1995–1999)
  • Commodore Timothy Laurence MVO (1999–2004)
  • Rear Admiral Timothy Laurence MVO (2004)
  • Rear Admiral Timothy Laurence MVO ADC(P) (2004–2007)
  • Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence MVO ADC(P) (2007)
  • Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence CB MVO ADC(P) (2007–2011)
  • Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence KCVO CB ADC(P) (15 June 2011–present)


See also List of honours of the British Royal Family by country

Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) 14 June 2011
Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) 1989
Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) 16 June 2007
General Service Medal 1962 BAR MID.png General Service Medal (1962) 1982, with 1 Clasp Northern Ireland and palm for Mentioned in Despatches
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
Order of the Star of Melanesia.png Companion of the Order of the Star of Melanesia (Papua New Guinea) 2005


  1. ^ "Alumni in the Armed Forces". Durham University. Retrieved 14 March 2009. 
  2. ^ Qualtrough, Stuart (23 May 1999). "People's Prince Will's may go to Durham University". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57345. p. 8387. 6 July 2004. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  4. ^ Tom Newton Dunn (25 January 2007). "Anne's Tim is in top ten of Navy". The Sun (newspaper). Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  5. ^ Emily Wright (11 July 2008). "The line of duty – Tim Laurence, Defence Estates". Building (magazine). 
  6. ^ "Commonwealth War Graves Commission appoints new Commissioner" (Press release). 11 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  7. ^ The Royal Residences – St. James's Palace – Royal

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Peter Dunt
Chief Executive of Defence Estates
2007 – 2011
Succeeded by
Andrew Manley
(as Chief Executive, Defence Infrastructure Organisation)

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