Governor of the Military Knights of Windsor

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Governor of the Military Knights of Windsor is an office of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom which dates from the mid-sixteenth century. From 1905 he has been controlled by the Constable of Windsor Castle, having formerly been responsible to the Dean of Windsor. Since 1906 the Governor has always been a senior retired officer.[1]

The Governor has charge of the Military Knights of Windsor.

List of Governors of the Military Knights of Windsor

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to 1771: Sir William Wittewronge
c.1820: Colonel Thomas Bassett
1842: Major Charles Moore
1867: Major Sir John Paul Hopkins
1892: His Grace the Duke of Argyll, KT GCMG GCVO PC 1892-1906
1906: Major-General Edward Henry Courtney[2]
1913: Major-General Carteret Walter Carey[3]
1932: Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Kavanagh, KCB KCMG CVO DSO
1951: Major-General Sir Edmund Hakewill-Smith, KCVO CB CBE MC
1978: Major-General Sir Peter Gillett, KCVO CB CBE
1989: Major-General Sir Peter Downward, KCVO CB DSO DFC
2000: Major-General Sir Michael Hobbs, KCVO CBE
2012: Lieutenant-General Peter Pearson CB CBE[4]


  1. The Military Knights of Windsor, 1352-1944. Historical monographs relating to St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle Volume 4. Edmund Fellowes (1944)
  2. "COURTNEY, Major General Edward Henry", Who Was Who
  3. "CAREY, Maj.-Gen. Carteret Walter", Who Was Who
  4. "Community News" (PDF). The Companion. p. 17. Retrieved 23 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>