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Because for the past three years the Queen has been steered by a steady hand; someone who has done more than anyone to ensure the family firm finally understands the necessity of discreet but professional image-building.
When Irish eyes are smiling: Queen Elizabeth II meets Cork fish monger Pat O'Connell on the final day of her successful tour of Ireland.
Geidt is certainly an establishment figure; his wife Emma is the daughter of Baron Neill of Bladen, former chairman of both the Press Council and the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Of course, the Irish visit was a team effort, with the Foreign Office, No10 and Julian King, British Ambassador to Ireland, all playing their part – to great effect.‘It has been the most amazing and memorable trip,’ said one aide.
But unofficially, he has brought a modernity to the Monarchy and a greater air of professionalism to Buckingham Palace and Clarence House.‘He understands how things need to look,’ said one Royal source.‘He is more a man of William’s generation than of Charles’s.He’s a brilliant negotiator and communicator and the Queen has recognised the value in that and tapped into it.’‘He’s the first non-commissioned officer to hold this position and is a brilliant strategist.He graduated from King’s College London, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and after leaving Sandhurst went into the Army’s intelligence corps.For several years he was seconded from the Foreign Office to the private office of Carl Bildt, the Swedish former Prime Minister who was a UN envoy to the Balkans in the late Nineties, where he honed his diplomatic skills.
Dubbed the Three Wise Men, they ensure the Prince has the right knowledge and equipment – even small things such as having a lectern high enough for his 6ft 3in frame.