Sir William Frederick Payne Heseltine, GCB, GCVO, AC, QSO (born 17 July 1930) was Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II 1986-1990.
He is the son of H.W. Heseltine, a primary school master in East Fremantle, Western Australia. He was educated at Richmond Primary School, Christ Church Grammar School, Claremont, Western Australia, and the University of Western Australia, where he received a 1st class BA (Hons) in history.
Heseltine joined the Prime Minister's Department (Australia) in 1951, where he remained until 1962. He was Private Secretary to Sir Robert Menzies, Prime Minister, 1955–1959, and Acting Official Secretary to Viscount De L'Isle, Governor-General, May to August 1962. In 1960-1961 he was temporary Assistant Press Secretary to the Queen.
From 1962-1964 he was Assistant Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia, and in 1964 was attached to The Age (Melbourne). In the same year he was attached to Princess Marina for her tour of Australia.
Heseltine joined the Press Office of the Royal Household as Assistant Press Secretary to the Queen in 1965-1967. He was Press Secretary 1968-1972.
In 1972 Heseltine was moved to the Private Secretary's Office proper, becoming Assistant Private Secretary. In 1977 he was promoted to Deputy Private Secretary, and in April 1986 to Private Secretary to the Sovereign, and Keeper of the Queen's Archives. He retired in October 1990.
He was appointed an Extra Equerry while Deputy Private Secretary to the Queen.
On leaving Royal service, Sir William retired to the historic town of York in his native Western Australia.
He has been a company director from 1991, including chairman of NZI Insurance Australia Ltd 1992 (deputy 1991-1992); director of NZI Insurance New Zealand 1996; P&O Australia Ltd 1990-; and West Coast Telecasters Ltd 1991-1996.
Privy Counsellor, 1986 (PC)
Honorary Doctorate, Murdoch University, 1992.
Heseltine, William 2004, 'The escape of the military Fenians from Fremantle Prison: the warders' perspective', Fremantle Studies, 3: 26-45.
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