Major Rankin-Hunt spoke at one of the discussions we convened and has no formal association with Cumberland Lodge. We do not pass on the contact details of past speakers and cannot always forward contact enquiries.
David Rankin-Hunt worked in the Royal Household at St James' Palace for 33 years. His first appointment was as Registrar at the Lord Chamberlain's Office,and in 1989 he transferred to the Royal Collection, becoming its Administrator in 1993, a position that he held until his retirement in 2014. From 1999 until his retirement, David was also Secretary of a special Working Group chaired by the Earl Marshal to organise and plan for future ceremonial events of national importance.
Since October 1994, David has been Norfolk Herald Extraordinary, under a royal warrant of appointment. He is the ninth person to hold the office. The role involves regularly participating in ceremonial events such as the State Opening of Parliament and the Garter Service at Windsor Castle. During the Golden and Diamond Diamond Jubilees, he and the other heralds led the royal processions through the nave of St Paul's Cathedral for the National Thanksgiving Service.
In 1995, the Ministry of Defence appointed David as Deputy Inspector of Regimental Colours, responsible for providing advice and guidance on the badges, colours, standards and guidons of the British Army. In 1996, he was also appointed Deputy Inspector of Royal Air Force badges. He has also been involved in designing and instituting honours systems and individual orders, decorations and medals for Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Barbados and Albania.