Patrick Palmer (British Army officer)

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Sir Patrick Palmer
Born 29 April 1933
Died 23 November 1999 (aged 66)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1950–1992
Rank General
Commands held Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
7th Armoured Brigade
North-Eastern District
2nd Infantry Division
Staff College, Camberley
Allied Forces Northern Europe
Battles/wars Aden Emergency
Awards Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Other work Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle

General Sir Charles Patrick Ralph Palmer, KCVO, KBE (29 April 1933 – 23 November 1999) was a senior British Army officer. He served as Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle 1992 to 1999. He had been Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Northern Europe.

Military career

Educated at Marlborough College and Sandhurst, Palmer was commissioned into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1953.[1] He went on to serve in British Guiana, Suez and Cyprus.[1] He returned to Sandhurst as an instructor in 1961 and then served with his regiment in Borneo and then Aden.[1] After a spell in Whitehall, he returned to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders as commanding officer of the 1st Battalion from 1972 to 1974.[1] In 1977 he became Commander 7th Armoured Brigade.[2]

In 1980 he was given command of the British Army Advisory Training Team in Zimbabwe, advising President Mugabe.[1] In 1982 he was appointed General Officer Commanding North-Eastern District, in 1983 he became General Officer Commanding North East District and Commander 2nd Infantry Division and in 1984 he was made Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley.[2] In 1986 he became Military Secretary and in 1989 he was promoted to full general and became Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe before retiring in 1992.[3]

Later life

He was the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle from 1992 to 1999. After the great fire in 1992 he co-ordinated much of the re-building work. He retired from this position due to ill health in 1999 and was succeeded by Air Marshal Sir Richard Johns.


In 1960 he married Sonia Wigglesworth; they had one son.[1] Following the death of his first wife, he married Joanna Baines in 1966; they had two daughters.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Martin Farndale
(as GOC 2nd Armoured Division)
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Peter Inge
Preceded by
John Akehurst
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Succeeded by
John Waters
Preceded by
Sir David Mostyn
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir John Learmont
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Howlett
Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe
Succeeded by
Sir Garry Johnson
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir David Hallifax
Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Johns