Press release

Constable of the Tower of London: General Sir Nicholas Houghton

The Queen has approved the appointment of General Sir Nicholas Houghton as the next Constable of the Tower of London.

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The Queen has approved the appointment of General Sir Nicholas Houghton as the next Constable of the Tower of London in succession to General the Lord Dannatt with effect 31 July 2016.

Notes to editors

The Constable is the most senior appointment at the Tower, which is a royal palace and fortress, as well as one of the most visited paid-for heritage attractions in the UK.

Since 1784 the Constable has always been a senior military officer. Today, the role of Constable is conferred upon field marshals or retired generals with distinguished service and is expected to be for a period of 5 years.

Published 7 March 2016