Philip Moore, Baron Moore of Wolvercote

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Philip Brian Cecil Moore, Baron Moore of Wolvercote GCB GCVO CMG QSO PC (born April 6, 1921 in India , † April 7, 2009 ) was a British civil servant who served in particular for many years on the staff of Queen Elizabeth II .

life and career

Philip Moore, son of Cecil Moore, attended Dragon School, Cheltenham College and Brasenose College at the University of Oxford . During World War II he was a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force . During the war he was temporarily in captivity.

Moore was from 1957 to 1958 the private secretary of George Douglas-Hamilton, 10th Earl of Selkirk , the latter being First Lord of the Admiralty . 1963 to 1965 Moore was Deputy and temporarily acting High Commissioner in Singapore . From 1965 to 1966 he worked as head of the press and public relations department of the Ministry of Defense .

From 1966 to 1972 Moore worked as Assistant Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II, then as Deputy Private Secretary until 1977. Since that year he has also been a member of the Privy Council . Until 1986 he then served Elisabeth as private secretary. In 1981 he was elected a member of Brasenose College.

From 1986 to 1991 he was director of the General Accident Fire and Life Assurance Company . He also became Chairman of the Trustees of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Foundation of St Catharine's (Cumberland Lodge) in 1986 and remained so until 1997. Moore was also Vice President of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge .

Upon retirement, Moore was promoted to Life Peer as Baron Moore of Wolvercote , of Wolvercote in the City of Oxford on July 22, 1986 . In the House of Lords , he sat as CROSSBENCHER .


Lord Moore had been married to Joanna Ursula Greenop since 1945, with whom he had two daughters. His former son-in-law was Peter Gabriel .