Ex-Hague PRO Young takes royal role

Ed Young, the former chief spokesman for ex-Tory leader William Hague, is to become assistant private secretary to the Queen.

Young, who left his post as Granada head of comms following the company’s merger with Carlton to form ITV plc last year, will from next month assist the Queen’s private secretary Sir Robin Janvrin in organising her UK and international engagements. He will also keep the monarch informed of constitutional developments.

Young replaces Stuart Shilson, who is returning to the private sector.

The move will be a break from Young’s seven-year stint in PR which he began at Barclays in 1997 as communications manager for the bank’s euro programme.

Young worked as head of Michael Portillo’s press office until the 2001 general election, and also spent five months as spokesman for Hague.

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