Monthly Meetings

4th April 2019 – Richard Griffin – My life as a personal bodyguard to HM Queen and HRH Duke of Edinburgh

Richard Griffin was, in 1981, selected to be a Personal Protection Officer and was sent to Cambridge University to protect HRH The Prince Edward. He made the most of this and gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Open University.

In 1986 he was promoted to Chief Inspector and moved to the Household of The Duke of Edinburgh for whom he worked for 13 very enjoyable years, the highlight of which was being attacked by a giant panda whilst on a visit to China. In 1999 he became a Personal Protection Officer to Her Majesty the Queen for whom he worked for 14 years. This period was the pinnacle of his career as he travelled throughout the world with Her Majesty. In 2010 he was promoted to Superintendent and held the position known as “The Queen’s Police Officer “until he retired in April 2013 when he was honoured by being made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, a personal decoration from Her Majesty. During his career as a Royalty Protection Officer he visited over 150 different countries.