equer·​ry | \ˈe-kwə-rē, i-ˈkwer-ē \
plural equerries

Definition of equerry 

1 : an officer of a prince or noble charged with the care of horses

2 : an officer of the British royal household in personal attendance on the sovereign or a member of the royal family

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With Peter Townsend At Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, Princess Margaret picked a piece of lint off the lapel of her father’s former equerry, Peter Townsend. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Before Thomas Markle Spoke Out: A Look Back at the Biggest Royal Scandals in Recent History," 14 Aug. 2018 The Queen’s equerry major, one of the most senior members of the royal household staff, is now for the first time a black man, Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah. Afua Hirsch, Time, "What Meghan Markle Means to the World," 17 May 2018 So were two equerries to the Queen, Blair Stewart-Wilson and Robin Broke, and a lady-in-waiting, Rose Baring. Milton Gendel, Vanities, "Inside the Queen’s Royal Retreat at Balmoral," 30 Apr. 2018 An Olympic horseman, an equerry, a photographer, the daughter of the royal polo manager, and a public relations executive have all joined the royal family without a title between them. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What Really Happened When Meghan Markle Had Tea with the Queen," 16 Apr. 2018 The five-year-old is the son of Amanda Kline and Captain Mark William Galloway Dyer, Prince Charles's former equerry, who served as a mentor for Prince Harry, particularly in the years following Princess Diana's death. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Will Be the Page Boys in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding?," 17 Jan. 2018 When the war ended and Philip Mountbatten married then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947, Philip brought on Parker as equerry and eventually his private secretary. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "The True Story Behind Mike and Eileen Parker's Divorce," 15 Dec. 2017 Laurence is a retired British naval officer and former equerry to the Queen Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is the Queen's Only Daughter, Princess Anne?," 1 Nov. 2017 It's believed that an equerry will place a wreath on behalf of the 96-year-old Duke, who retired earlier this year. Katie Jones, Town & Country, "The Queen Will Break With Royal Tradition on Remembrance Sunday," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of equerry

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for equerry

modification of Middle French ecurie, escuyrie squires (collectively), duties of a squire, care of horses, stable, from escuier squire — more at esquire

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