Alastair Bruce of Crionaich

Alastair Bruce of Crionaich
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Bruce in 2006, at the annual service of the Order of the Garter
Born(1960-06-25) 25 June 1960 (age 57)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1979-present
Battles/warsFalklands War
AwardsOfficer of the Order of the British Empire
Knight of the Order of St John
South Atlantic Medal with Rosette
Other workFitzalan Pursuivant Extraordinary


Alastair Andrew Bernard Reibey Bruce of Crionaich, KStJ OBE VR (given birth to 25 June 1960), may be the Royal, Spiritual and National Occasions Commentator for Sky Information, the 24-hour tv news program operated by Sky Tv, part of Uk Sky Broadcasting. He in addition has proved helpful for the BBC, and can be an traditional advisor for many feature films as well as the ITV series Downton Abbey. He acts among the royal heralds at the faculty of Hands, and has kept the positioning Fitzalan Pursuivant since 1998. Bruce has commentated of all major national occasions in britain, like the Queen’s Gemstone Jubilee in 2012, the Royal Wedding ceremony in 2011, the Papal Go to this year 2010, as well as the funerals from the Princess of Wales as well as the Queen Mom in 1997 and 2002 respectively. He’s a godfather to Viscount Severn, the child of Prince Edward.

Early life and education

Bruce was created on 25 June 1960, the kid of Lieutenant-Commander Henry Victor Bruce of Salloch and Helen Vernon Wallop William-Powlett. He's the youngest of four siblings, his sisters getting Robina Helen and Lucinda Jane Bruce, and his sibling Peveril John Bruce of Salloch, youthful. He was raised in Hampshire in south-east Britain, but spent a lot of his youth in Sutherland, in the considerably north from the Scottish Highlands, where his parents possessed the Sallachy Property near the community of Lairg.Bruce was educated in Milton Abbey College, a boarding separate school for children (today co-educational), in the community of Milton Abbas in Dorset, accompanied by the Royal Army Academy in Sandhurst in Berkshire.

Life and career

Bruce joined the Uk Military in 1979. In 1980, he obtained the rank of Lieutenant in the next Battalion from the Scots Guards. He was a normal official for four years, and noticed active program in the Falklands Battle of 1982. The next calendar year, he erected a cairn at Sallachy in Sutherland, in storage of his orderly through the Battle, Guardsman Adam Reynolds, in the community of Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire, who acquired died while getting back again a wounded comrade, who survived. Reynolds passed away at age 19 at Tumbledown Hill, and at that time was the just soldier to become awarded the Recognized Carry out Medal posthumously. At that time, Alastair Bruce stated: "On time for Britain following the Falklands, I chose I wanted to accomplish something in honour of Jim Reynolds. He was such a fearless young man who had been popular by everyone".Bruce continues to be a reservist, portion as an Military Reserve Colonel in charge of Reservists in London. From 1983–1989, he was Helper Vice-President with Merrill Lynch, is certainly a current movie director of Tilden Courtroom Citizens Association and until 2012, was in the Council of Milton Abbey College.In 1984, Bruce was accepted in the name of Bruce of Crionaich by Lord Lyon Ruler of Hands. The Queen appointed him as you of her heralds on 7 Oct 1998 as Fitzalan Pursuivant, and he is a person in the Royal Firm of Archers, the Queen's ceremonial bodyguard in Scotland, since 1990. In 1991, he was produced an officer from the Purchase of St John. In 1997, he was marketed to commander.In 2004, Bruce took command of the reserve unit, the Press Procedures Group, which handles the media representation of armed service activity. In the same yr, he finished his amount of mobilised services on active procedures in Iraq, providing functioning TELIC. He also became a Colonel in the Territorial Military and may be the Equerry to Prince Edward. In 2008, Bruce was advertised to knight from the Purchase of St John, and this year 2010, he was appointed an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his solutions towards the Territorial Army.Bruce spent some time working while an historical adviser to Oscar-winning movies like the King's Conversation (2010) as well as the Adolescent Victoria (2009), and of the initial and second group of the BAFTA-winning tv series Downton Abbey (2010–2015), where he was careful to supply historical precision so far as possible, even though pointing out that he was constantly aware of the requirement not to decelerate the storyplot unduly which while an historical adviser, he was constantly mindful of the next term of his name, and therefore he could suggest, however, not demand, the right changes to be produced. To guarantee the greatest amount of precision, he also recommended within the minutiae of early 20th hundred years process, in such topics as dress, position, the providing of food as well as on matters that may initially show up trivial, like the usage of vocabulary or the way in which to go out of an automobile.Bruce has written many books, and caused several independent creation businesses in the planning of tv documentaries that are regularly aired over the BBC, America's PBS network, Breakthrough Route and A&E stations. Among they are Nicholas and Alexandra, Victoria and Albert (2001) and Times of Majesty.Bruce has lectured broadly in Britain, European countries and america. His subjects add the last Tsars of Russia to Britain's monarchy as well as the Vatican in Rome. In 2011, he was appointed Honorary Teacher of Media with the School of Winchester.


Times of Majesty, (co-authored with Simon Welfare); Macmillan Magazines, London (1993) Keepers from the Kingdom: The Old Offices of Britain (co-authored with Tag Cator and Julian Calder); Cassell Illustrated Magazines, London (1999) The Oldest: In Special event of Britain's Living Background (co-authored with Julian Calder); Cassell Magazines, London (2005) The Butler's Information to Running the house and Various other Graces (foreword by Alastair Bruce and compiled by Stanley Ager and Fiona St. Aubyn); Biteback Magazines, London (2012)