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Charles Grey (British Army Officer)

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Charles Grey (British Army Officer)


Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Sir Charles Grey (15 March 1804 31 March 1870) was a British army officer, member of the British House of Commons and political figure in Lower Canada. In later life, he served as private secretary to Prince Albert and later Queen Victoria. He was born in Northumberland, England in 1804, the son of Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey. Grey joined the British Army as a sub-lieutenant in 1820 and commanded the 73rd Regiment from 1833 to 1842. Grey represented Wycombe in the British House of Commons from 1832 to 1837, defeating Disraeli to win the seat. In 1836, he married Caroline Eliza, daughter of Sir Thomas Harvie Farquhar. He came to Canada with his brother-in-law, John Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham, in 1838. Grey was named a member of the Executive Council and Special Council of Lower Canada in June of that year and served until 2 November. He returned to England with Lambton later in November. He was promoted to general in 1865. Grey served as secretary to Prince Albert from 1849 to 1861 and as secretary to the Queen from 1861 until his death in 1870. His brother Henry was the 3rd Earl Grey.