Alan Reid (courtier)

For other people named Alan Reid, see Alan Reid (disambiguation).

Sir Alan Reid, GCVO has been Keeper of the Privy Purse, Treasurer to the Queen and Receiver General to the Duchy of Lancaster in the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom since 2002. As Keeper of the Privy Purse, Reid is responsible for the expenditure of public funds voted by the Parliament to the Sovereign, usually called the Civil List. As Treasurer to the Queen, he is also responsible for the Sovereign's private finances.[1] The Sovereign also holds the title of Duke of Lancaster (regardless of gender), which brings with it responsibility for the Duchy of Lancaster estates.

Reid was formerly a senior partner with Big Four accountancy firm KPMG. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 2007 and elevated to a Knight Grand Cross of the same Order (GCVO) in 2012.[2] The knighthood is in the personal bestowal of the Queen and only she may choose to honour an individual with it accordingly.


  1. Rebecca English (2007-06-29). "Queen faces snub over £1m plea for crumbling palaces". Mail Online. It revealed that the Queen and her family cost taxpayers £37.3million last year which works out at 62p for every man, woman and child in the country - "less than the price of two first-class stamps", boasted Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse. With an annual salary of £188,000, Sir Alan is the Queen's highest-paid employee.
  2. The 2012 Diamond Jubilee Honours List, 13 September 2012 Archived September 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.

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