The charity set up to organise celebrations for the Queen's Golden
Jubilee has hired her former press secretary as a media adviser.
Charles Anson, who is reaching the end of a three-month contract as
interim head of PR at the British Red Cross, will join the Golden
Jubilee Weekend Trust next month.
He reports to trust chairman Lord Sterling, the P&O chairman who was
also involved in organising the Queen's Silver Jubilee festivities in
Anson's work includes promoting events taking place from 1 to 4 June in
London, and encouraging community involvement in the celebrations.
Events include two music concerts, classical and pop, in the grounds of
Buckingham Palace with tickets allocated by ballot. There will also be a
service at St Paul's Cathedral and a fireworks display.
Anson, the Queen's press secretary from 1990 to 1997, said: 'The aim is
to get as much involvement in these events as possible. We have a target
of raising £5m for the event and so far have raised £4m.'
Money left over from the event will go to six charities selected by the
Queen: Barnardo's, Cruse Bereavement Care, I-Can, the Royal Agricultural
Benevolent Institution, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families
Association and the British Commonwealth Ex-Services League.
He will work alongside Buckingham Palace's communications team, headed
by Simon Walker, and the Department for Culture Media and Sport's Golden
Communications at the DCMS office is led by Jane Groom, formerly head of
news at the Department of Transport, Local Government and the
The British Red Cross appointed Anson as an interim measure during its
search to fill the newly created role of director of communications, the
charity's first board-level status for a PR professional. The charity is
still interviewing to fill the post.