About Richard Napier Luce, Baron Luce
Richard Napier Luce, Baron Luce was born on 14 October 1936.1 He is the son of Sir William Henry Tucker Luce and Margaret Napier.1 He married Rose Helen Nicholson, daughter of Sir Godfrey Nicholson, 1st and last Bt. and Lady Katharine Constance Lindsay, on 5 April 1961.
He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) (Conservative) for Arundel and Shoreham between 1971 and 1974.1 He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) (Conservative) for Shoreham between 1974 and 1992.1 He held the office of Minister of State, Foreign and Colonial Office between 1981 and 1982.1 He held the office of Minister of State, Foreign and Colonial Office between 1983 and 1985.1 He held the office of Minister for the Arts between 1985 and 1990.1 He held the office of Minister of State, Privy Council Office between 1985 and 1990.1 He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) in 1986.1 He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of West Sussex in 1991.1 He held the office of Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar between 1997 and 2000.1 He was invested as a Knight Grand Cross, Royal Victorian Order (G.C.V.O.) in 2000.1 He was created Baron Luce, of Adur in the County of West Sussex [U.K. Life Peer] on 2 October 2000.3
Richard Napier Luce, Baron Luce, KG, GCVO, PC, DL (born 14 October 1936) was Lord Chamberlain to HM The Queen from 2000 to 2006, and was previously Governor of Gibraltar and a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) and Government Minister.
Born in Westminster, Luce was educated at Wellington College, and Christ's College, Cambridge. He completed National Service in Cyprus 1955–57. He then briefly joined the Overseas Civil Service, first as a district officer in Kenya, 1960–62. He then worked for Gallaher Ltd as a brand manager (1963–65), before becoming marketing manager for the Spirella Company of Great Britain. In 1968–71 he was director of the National Innovation Centre.
From 1972 to 1979, he was Chairman of IFA Consultants Ltd, he was also chair of Selenex Ltd (1973–79), and of Courtenay Stewart International (1975–79).
Lord Luce was first elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Arundel and Shoreham in a by-election in 1971. When that constituency was abolished in boundary changes for the February 1974 general election, he was returned for the new Shoreham constituency. He retired from the Commons at the 1992 general election.
Lord Luce was appointed the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Trade and Consumer Affairs in 1972. After the Conservative Party lost the February 1974 general election, he became an Opposition whip.
When the Conservatives returned to power at the 1979 general election, he became Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 1981, he was promoted to Minister of State for Foreign Affairs within the same department. In 1982, he followed his Secretary of State, Lord Carrington, in resigning over the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands. Some blamed Luce for having given the wrong indications to the Argentinians, leading them to believe that the UK would not respond to the invasion. However he returned to office in 1983, again as a Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 1985, he was moved to the Privy Council Office as Minister for the Arts, which was his last ministerial office. He resigned in 1990.
Lord Luce was knighted in 1991, and was made a Privy Counsellor in 1986.
After the Commons
Lord Luce was also Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham between 1992 and 1996. In 1997, he was appointed Governor of Gibraltar, an office he held until 2000, when he was created a Life Peer as Baron Luce, of Adur in the County of West Sussex. In 2000 he was invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) and became Lord Chamberlain in HM The Queen's Royal Household.
Lord Luce relinquished the post of Lord Chamberlain on 11 October 2006. He was succeeded by The Rt Hon. The Earl Peel. The post of Lord Chamberlain entailed Lord Luce being involved in any official functions and state events, and if and when there was a e.g. a Royal wedding the Lord Chamberlain would organise such occasions.
Lord Luce was created a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter (KG) on 22 April 2008. The Order of the Garter is the highest Order of Chivalry in the United Kingdom and is in the personal bestowal of HM The Queen. The membership of the Order of the Garter is limited to 24 at any one time, and this number excludes the British Royal Family and foreign Royal Families who are members. The Order currently includes two former British Prime Ministers, Lady Thatcher and Sir John Major, as well as numerous British government ministers and senior members of the Royal Household.
On 26 April 2012 it was announced that Lord Luce had been appointed by the Prime Minister as the Chair of the Crown Nominations Commission for the See of Canterbury, the commission set up to nominate the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.
Lord Luce is President of the Voluntary Arts Network.
Luce has two sons, Alexander Luce and Edward Luce.
In popular culture
Lord Luce was portrayed by Jonathan Coy in the 2002 BBC production of Ian Curteis's controversial The Falklands Play.
Lord Luce is the uncle of actress and comedienne Miranda Hart.
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- ^ http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/see-of-canterbury-appointment/
- ^ The Friends of St. George's & Descendants of the Knights of the Garter Annual Review 2007/08, VIII, 2008, pp. 479