Timothy Laurence

Royal Navy Admiral
Born Mar 1, 1955

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.… Read More

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1955 Birth Born on March 1, 1955.


1973 18 Years Old He was promoted to midshipman on 1 January 1973, and acting sub-lieutenant on 1 January 1975. … Read More


1977 22 Years Old He was promoted to lieutenant 10 months early, on 1 March 1977.
1978 23 Years Old In 1978, he was attached to the training establishment and in the next year served on the minesweeper HMS Pollington.
1980 25 Years Old Laurence served briefly as Navigating Officer of the Royal Yacht HMY Britannia, and 1980 to 1982 in the same role on the destroyer.
1982 27 Years Old He took command of the patrol boat HMS Cygnet off Northern Ireland in 1982, as part of the patrols for IRA gun-runners. … Read More


1986 31 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
1988 33 Years Old He was promoted to commander on 31 December 1988.
1989 34 Years Old In October 1989, he was posted to the new frigate, and took over as Commanding Officer on 30 January 1990, at age 34. … Read More
1992 37 Years Old 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.
1994 39 Years Old 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. … Read More


1996 41 Years Old On 27 August 1996, Laurence became Commanding Officer of the frigate as well as Captain of the 6th Frigate Squadron. … Read More
1997 42 Years Old From July 1997, he was back in the Ministry of Defence, first 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.
1999 44 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
2001 46 Years Old From 2001 to the spring of 2004 he was back at the Ministry of Defence, as Director of Navy Resources and Programmes. … Read More


2007 52 Years Old 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).
2009 54 Years Old He became Head of Profession for the British Government's Property Asset Management community in July 2009. … Read More
2010 55 Years Old 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. … Read More
2011 56 Years Old He received no peerage on marriage, but was knighted by the Queen in June 2011 as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. … Read More
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