Royal Secretary

Royal Secretary (Basilikos Grammateus, Secretarius Regius) is a position at the court of a monarch generally responsible for communicating the sovereign's wishes to the other members of government. At times and places it may have a number of other duties. In most cases the royal secretary is a close adviser of the monarch. In some cases the office of Royal Secretary evolved into the Secretary of State.


In the Kingdom of Israel the royal secretary had both the duties of private secretary to the king and secretary of state.[1] In addition, the royal secretary exercised some fiscal duties.[1]

Great Britain

Currently the royal secretary of Great Britain is denominated Private Secretary to the Sovereign and has been since 1805.





Seungjeongwon was the Royal Secretariat during the Joseon Dynasty of Korea (1392 1910).[4]


Originally of the office of royal secretary in Poland was the secretary protonotarius (or royal notary).[5] It was under this name that the office operated under Władysław II Jagiełło from 1387 to 1423. Under the Jagiellon dynasty the royal secretaries were responsible for arranging the royal correspondence, representing the king at the regional sejms, arranging all kinds of cases most often financial, diplomatic correspondence, and editing the most important public documents. They also kept deputations entertained and resolved disputes between courtiers. The elected kings maintained the tradition and the royal secretary often had a great deal of power.[6]


The secretary to the Pope, formerly known as Secretarius Domesticus evolved into the Secretariat of State.[7]


  1. 1 2 De Vaux, Roland (1997) "Royal Secretary" Ancient Israel: its life and institutions pages 131-132
  2. Cannon, John (2009) "Cromwell, Thomas" A dictionary of British history (revised edition) Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, pp. 188189, page 189, ISBN 978-0-19-955038-8
  3. "David Ricco" Encyclopædia Britannica online
  4. Sin, Myŏng-ho (2004) Joseon Royal Court culture: ceremonial and daily life Dolbegae Publications, Seoul, Korea, page 276, ISBN 89-7199-187-9
  5. "protonotariusz" Slownik online (Online Dictionary) in Polish
  6. Walewskiego, Antoniego (1868) Historya Wyzwolenia Polski za panowania Jana Kazmierza (1655-1660), Tom. II (The History of the Liberation of Poland during the Reign of Jan Kazimierz (1655-1660) Volume II) Jagiellonian University Press, Krakow, Poland, (in Austrian Galicia at the time), page 204, OCLC 233398956in Polish
  7. Seldes, George (1934) "The Secretary of State and Others" The Vatican: yesterday, today, tomorrow Harper & Brothers, New York, page 217, OCLC 910015
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