Who is Queen Camilla’s equerry Major Ollie Plunket?

WHEN Queen Camilla is attending to her royal responsibilities, she always has her equerry on hand.

Here we get to know Major Ollie Plunket, who is always ready to help the Queen with her duties.

Major Ollie Plunket is Queen Camilla's equerry


Major Ollie Plunket is Queen Camilla’s equerryCredit: Getty

Who is Queen Camilla’s equerry Major Ollie Plunket?

Major Ollie Plunket is Queen Consort Camilla’s equerry.

He serves in The Rifles, the regiment Camilla has been colonel-in-chief of since 2020 after succeeding the late Prince Philip.

Even before he started working with the Firm, Plunket had been on some impressive adventures.

While still in his teens, he went on a solo motorbike ride from Argentina to Alaska, covering 24,500 miles and raising more than £100,000 for wounded servicemen.

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He even survived a rock fall on the way.

What does a royal equerry do?

Put into simple terms, a royal equerry is an officer from one of the armed services appointed to assist members of royalty in the day-to-day handling of their duties.

Camilla appointed Plunkett as her first ever equerry in November 2022.

An equerry usually spends around three years in the role, and it is understood that Plunket helps in looking after the Queen’s diary and every day events.

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He also assists with official events, providing support with engagements and military relationships.

The role involves being in close regular contact with the royal in question within royal residences, as well as at public engagements.

It’s thought that the monarch chooses their own equerry — meaning Camilla may have handpicked Plunket.

The royal household also includes a number of “extra equerries” — honorary appointees drawn from among the current and retired senior officers of the royal household.

King Charles and his equerry Lt Col Johnny Thompson photographed in Edinburgh on July 3, 2023


King Charles and his equerry Lt Col Johnny Thompson photographed in Edinburgh on July 3, 2023Credit: AFP

Who is King Charles’ equerry and bodyguard?

King Charles has a separate equerry to his wife Camilla.

His royal equerry is Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Thompson of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland.

He is often seen at royal events, especially following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Army officer comes from Morpeth, Northumberland, but now lives in Surrey with his family.

His Army career started in 2006, he is a platoon commander and is thought to have been working as an equerry with King Charles since 2020.

His LinkedIn profile says that he graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2004 with a degree in economics and politics with international studies.

At university he was a member of the undergraduate officer training corps.

His job involves being in charge of the planning and execution of the King’s day-to-day business.

Lt Col Thompson’s role requires him to go to public events and be in close contact with the monarch.

He is also close to the King while he is at royal residences, such as Buckingham Palace.

Charles’ equerry used to work with the late Queen and has worked for the royal household for a several years.

He was one of her most senior bodyguards and went to several royal events with her.

Lt Col Thompson first appeared in public in his role when he was part of the Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in June 2022.

Away from work he often spends time with his family.

He got married to his wife Caroline, who works as a marketing manager, in 2010.

The couple has a young son, whose information is kept away from the public spotlight, as well as two black labradors named Odin and Piper.


Caroline studied at Windsor Girls School and Strode’s College, before geting an HND at Southampton Institute in Design Communications

In a diverse career, went on to work at Packard Bell, BMW, and also as a gym instructor and horse rider.

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