Dickie Arbiter LVO | Author | Speaker | Royal Expert | Media Trainer | Presenter
Royal expert Dickie Arbiter is best known for being the most in demand of all the former press secretaries to HM The Queen. He is the man the world’s press always call upon for first class and expert Royal opinion. Dickie’s experience of working closely with HM The Queen and other leading Royals makes him undeniably the only Royal commentator and Royal expert to have such unique knowledge. Be it for whatever the reason including weddings, deaths, births, celebrations, overseas visits, scandals, incidents and general interest stories. At the Palace from 1988 to 2000 Dickie was responsible for organising the media coverage for Princess Diana’s funeral. He retired from the Palace in 2000. A broadcaster and journalist with over fifty years experience covering royalty, heads of state, and other globally recognised personalities, Dickie is an outstanding speaker, lecturer and media trainer. Dickie’s memoirs, On Duty with the Queen was published by Blink in Oct 2014.
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As a former Press Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II and media manager for Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, Dickie Arbiter has had unprecedented access to some of the most notable figures of our time. With more than five decades of experience covering royalty as a broadcaster, journalist and Royal Press Secretary, he is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and sought-after experts on the British Monarchy working today. He is also the only Royal Commentator who has witnessed both the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and her Diamond Jubilee. In addition to his duties as a royal spokesman, Dickie was responsible for media managing ceremonial occasions, all major state events inside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and The Queen’s major UK engagements. He was also responsible for all operational media requirements for royal funerals, including that of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. This incredible experience allows him to bring his own personal insight into the public forum as a royal analyst, historian and as an international lecturer.
Dickie retired from Buckingham Palace in 2000 and is now the person the world’s press turn to because he has spent nearly fifty years covering royalty, heads of state, and other globally recognized figures. He regularly contributes to TV News and documentaries, radio broadcasts, newspapers and online media.
The British Monarchy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
There have been kings and queens in the UK for over a thousand years, and despite quirks of nature and accidents of birth, the join from one reign to the next has been almost seamless. Dickie dips into the history of the monarchy from the Hanoverian Georges to the present day Elizabethan age and beyond.
The Palace and the Press
Love them or hate them the media have always targeted the soft underbelly of the monarchy. No one in the family is excluded by them and in his talk Dickie highlights some of the highs and the lows the Royal family have had to endure, including The Queen, Prince Charles and Princes William and Harry.
The Relevance of Monarchy
Her critics argue there is no place in the 21st century for a monarchy. The Queen stands accused of being out of touch, rich and costing too much. By today’s standards the Queen is way down in the rich list pecking order. Dickie explodes the ‘rich & cost’ myth by drawing comparisons between the cost of the Queen and other notable heads of state.
Spotlight on the Monarchy
It wasn’t long after Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952 that she began to feel the full glare of the media spotlight. Television came of age with its coverage of her Coronation, since when neither TV nor photographers have left her, or other members of the royal family, alone. Today Dickie sheds light on how TV and photographers have combined to devalue the myth and mystique of Monarchy
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TV & Radio
In the UK the BBC, ITV, C4, C5 and Sky and from around the world literally all news networks including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Spain, TVNZ and in the USA – ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and NBC & MSNBC, TV1 Strada, EO, Blauw Bloed TV, Channel 5 News, CBS News, Alhurra TV, TBS News, Australian, Broadcasting Corporation, NHK Japan, TV3 News, This Morning, Daybreak, Shout Communications, BSkyB, ITN News, ITV, Studios, Good Morning Britain, Al Jazeera, BBC News Channel, BBC Panorama, BBC Breakfast, ITV Documentaries, ITV News, ITV Channel 5 News, ITV This Morning, Sky News, Sky Arts, RTV – Russian TV, France 1, France 2, Belgian TV, ARD German TV, ZDF German TV, Channels 7, & 10 Australia, TV New Zealand, CBC Canada, Rai 1 Italy.
Newspapers and Magazines
Globally he has contributed to all the leading daily and weekend newspapers, their magazines and monthlies.
On Duty with the Queen was published by Blink in Oct 2014.