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Sir Michael Charles Gerrard Peat KCVO (born 16 November 1949) was appointed as the private secretary to the Charles, Prince of Wales in 2002 and was made Principal Private Secretary to The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in 2005.

Peat was born in 1949 and is great-grandson of William Barclay Peat, founder of the accountancy firm of Peat Marwick. He was educated at Eton Collegemarker and at Trinity Collegemarker, University of Oxfordmarker, where he graduated with an Master of Arts. He later attended the INSEAD in Fontainebleaumarker, Francemarker, and obtained an Master of Business Administration in 1977. He became an Associate Chartered Accountant in 1965 and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1975.

Peat joined KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock in 1972, became a partner in 1985. He led a 1986 study into the financial management of the Royal Household. From 1987 to 1990, he was the auditor of the Privy Purse and administrative adviser to the Royal Household. In 1990, he was appointed Director of Finance and Property Services of the Royal Household, while remaining a partner at KPMG. He retired from KPMG in 1993, and in 1996 was appointed Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to the Queen, and Receiver General of the Duchy of Lancaster. He retired from these positions in 2002, when he was appointed as private secretary to the Prince of Wales, taking control of the Office of the Prince of Wales.

Peat was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1994, and was promoted to a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1998.

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