Thursday, 13 December 2012

Colonel Maundrell

Richard Kay reports this morning that Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Maundrell MVO is about to become affianced.

Colonel Maundrell, Grenadier Guards and ex-equerry to The Duke of Edinburgh, has been head of the Queen's University of Belfast's Officer Training Corps.

Dropping through the letterboxes at Buckingham Palace and Gatcombe Park shortly will be a wedding invitation from Prince Philip’s former equerry Lt Col Richard Maundrell, a Grenadier Guards officer.

Richard, 47, known as Tricky to pals, has proposed to Scots beauty Lucy Cameron of Lochiel, 32.

She is a goddaughter of Princess Anne and works for a specialist travel company for Chinese tourists, after spending three years there.

Lucy’s sister, Catherine, was a bridesmaid at Prince Charles’s marriage to Lady Diana Spencer and Richard worked at the Duke of Edinburgh’s right hand for three years until 2009.

Says a friend: ‘He is tall and handsome and will leave a lot of broken hearts behind.’ 

A popular figure in the Royal Household, Maundrell, then a mere major, was invited to spend summers at Balmoral where he became a dab hand at barbecuing.

Adds the pal: ‘Despite his nickname, he isn’t the least bit tricky.’

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