LIEUTENANT Commander Rob Dixon has often been pictured alongside Prince William.
But who is he and what does his position as an equerry consist of? Here’s everything you need to know about the military man who holds the important royal role.
Who is Prince Williams’ equerry, Lieutenant Commander Rob Dixon?
Lieutenant Commander Rob Dixon was appointed to the Royal Household as an equerry for Prince William and Princess Kate in September 2020, according to his LinkedIn.
Prior to joining the royal household, Lieutenant Commander Dixon spent 22 years and five months working for the Royal Navy.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Dixon’s CV boasts an impressive list of roles, including working as a Helicopter Instructor for almost three years, and Wildcat HMA Mk2 Pilot for almost four years.
As an equerry to The Prince and Princess of Wales, Dixon has been pictured alongside the royals on a number of important occasions, including the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle and the vigil held in honour of the late Queen at Westminster Hall last year.
He was also pictured smiling next to William in July 2022, as the pair stepped out for a polo match in Surrey.
What is an equerry?
Essentially, an equerry is an officer of a royal household or court, who assists members of the royal family with their duties.
The role, which is normally occupied by a senior officer from one of the armed services, is held for three years.
The Royal Household also includes a number of “extra equerries” – honorary appointees drawn from among the current and retired senior officers of the Royal Household.
They are comparatively rarely required for duty, but their attendance can be called upon if needed.
Other working members of the Royal Family can also appoint equerries; in the case of more junior members the appointment might be combined with another post.
Like the monarch, they may also appoint extra Equerries.
What does an equerry do?
The role of an equerry involves being in regular close attendance within both the royal residence and outside on public engagements.
Historically, an equerry was an officer in charge of the stables of a member of the royal family.
Today that position is held by the Crown Equerry, who manages the Royal Mews and holds a distinct office.