LIEUTENANT Commander Rob Dixon was often pictured alongside Prince William.
But who is he and what is his position as Stablemaster? Here’s everything you need to know about the military man who holds the all-important royal role.
Who is Prince Williams’ stable master, Lieutenant Commander Rob Dixon?
Lieutenant Commander Rob Dixon was appointed to the royal household as stable master for Prince William and Princess Kate in September 2020, according to LinkedIn.
Before Lieutenant Commander Dixon joined the royal household, he worked for the Royal Navy for 22 years and five months.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Dixon’s resume boasts an impressive list of roles, including working as a Helicopter Instructor for nearly three years and a Wildcat HMA Mk2 Pilot for nearly four years.
As Equerry to the Prince and Princess of Wales, Dixon has been pictured alongside the royals at a number of important occasions, including the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle and the vigil in honor of the late Queen at Westminster Hall last year .
He was also pictured smiling alongside William in July 2022 as the couple headed out for a polo match in Surrey.
What is a stable master?
Essentially, an equerry is an officer of a royal household or court who assists members of the royal family in their duties.
The post, which is normally occupied by a senior officer in one of the armed forces, is held for three years.
The royal household also includes a number of “extra equerries” – volunteers drawn from the current and retired senior officers of the royal household.
They are comparatively rarely required for service, but can be called in if necessary.
Other working members of the royal family can also appoint equerries; in the case of younger members, the appointment may be combined with another position.
Like the monarch, they can also appoint additional equerries.
What does a stable master do?
The role of an equerry is to be regularly and closely present at public engagements, both within the royal residence and outside.
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, which administers the Royal Mews and holds an office of its own.