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Dame Anne Griffiths, Duke of Edinburgh's archivist – obituary

Anne Griffiths
Anne Griffiths

Dame Anne Griffiths, who has died aged 84, was librarian and archivist to the Duke of Edinburgh.

She first joined his office as a Lady Clerk in 1952, leaving to get married in 1960, and returning as a widow in 1983. She was still working for Prince Philip 65 years later.

She was born at Harrow-on-the-Hill on November 2 1932, as (Elizabeth) Anne Stevenson, the daughter of William Hugh Stevenson, a Harrow housemaster who taught History from 1931 to 1957 and was a rugby international who played for Scotland against France in 1925. He was largely responsible for turning Harrow into a rugby playing school.

Anne was the eldest of four – her brother, Sir Hugh Stevenson, is the former chairman of Equitas, and his wife was High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire. Another sister, Margaret, is married to R W  Ellis, formerly Master of Marlborough College.

Anne was educated at St Leonard’s School,...

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