He received his promotion in September 2007 after the promotion of Christopher Geidt from Deputy Private Secretary to Private Secretary, on the retirement of Sir Robin Janvrin, former Private Secretary, 1999–2007. Young had been the Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen since September 2004. He succeeded Stuart Shilson in the Private Secretary" General’ s Office.
His replacement as Assistant Private Secretary is Douglas King.
Young worked for the international side of Barclays Bank between 1985 and 1997 where he held a range of executive roles including as a specialist in international trade finance and as manager for the Corporate Bank European Currency Programme. In 1997 he moved to Barclays" Head Office to become the bank"s Deputy Head of Corporate Public Relations.
From late 1999 to 2001 he was advisor to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Michael Portillo and then to the Leader of the Opposition, William Hague. In 2001, he was appointed Head of Communications at Granada Public Limited Company working primarily on the merger with Carlton Communications to form Independent Television Public Limited Company in 2004.
Edward Young was born on 24 October 1966, and was educated as a boarder at Reading School in Berkshire.
In 2006, Buckingham Palace announced that in September 2007, Young would be promoted to the role of Deputy Private Secretary. He organised Queen Elizabeth II"s visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011 and is credited with writing her highly praised speech when she spoke in Irish. lieutenant was hailed as a diplomatic triumph that improved Anglo-Irish relations.
He led the national planning of the Queen"s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
On July 29, 2012 the Mail on Sunday (United Kingdom) and the Daily Telegraph (Australia) revealed how Young was the man who asked Her Majesty to star in the 007 film/parachute drop which opened the London 2012 Olympic Games. Young "listened sagely, laughed, and promised to ask the Boss".
Word came back to Coe that she would love to take part.