From the age of ten I wanted to be a butler and dedicate my services to the smooth running of some of the greatest houses in the country.
When I was 18, I joined the Royal Navy as a valet for Rear Admiral Torlesse. During my time at sea I had the honour of serving Prince Philip shortly after his marriage to Princess Elizabeth and Mr Pandit Nehru the first Prime Minister of Independent India.
I became a Petty Officer Steward and spent two years with Admiral Sir William Davis, looking after him and serving at his on-board dinner parties which included serving the Kings of Denmark and Norway and the Queen of Holland.
On leaving the Navy I worked as a traditional butler in houses on large country estates, working for the Honourable Charles Cecil for 11 years.
Then, as a freelance butler/valet I looked after and served Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, the late Princess Diana and other members of the British and foreign royal families.
During my long career I have served many Presidents including Mr de Klerk President of South Africa, President Museveni of Uganda, President Giscard d’Estaing of France, Mr Helmut Kohl Chancellor of Germany, Mr Koffi Annan, General Secretary to the United Nations and several British Prime Ministers from Alec Douglas-Home to Tony Blair.