Queen’s ex-press secretary dies
Queen Elizabeth’s former press secretary has died aged 84.
Robin Ludlow held the position from 1972 to 1973 after being headhunted for the job from his work in advertising.
According to an obituary in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, he was offered the job after indulging in a glass of sherry with the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
His role including dealing with the press interest about Princess Anne and then-boyfriend Captain Mark Phillips, who she went on to marry in 1973.
He was regularly asked by the press whether Anne was likely to get engaged to Phillips in the near future but denied such rumours.
But shortly after he left his position their engagement was confirmed and some thought Robin may have misled the press.
However, he insisted this was not the case and maintained that a lot can happen in a relationship in six months.
Robin was asked to leave his position after a year in the job but didn’t have any bad feelings about working for the monarch.
He said at the time: “There is no ill will. But this is an unusual outfit compared with anything else in the world, and personal relationships matter.”