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  1. Private secretary

    A private secretary (PS) is a civil servant in a governmental department or ministry, responsible to a secretary of state or minister; or a public servant in a royal household, responsible to a member of the royal family. The role exists in the civil service of the United Kingdom and several Commonwealth countries including Australia, India and New Zealand as well as other countries influenced by the Westminster system. A private secretary is normally of middle management level; however, as the key official responsible for disseminating the decisions and policy steers of ministers and as their gatekeeper, the role is of considerably greater significance than their grade would suggest. Depending on the status of the political principal the official works for, they may be aided by an assistant private secretary (APS), or even head a private office. A principal private secretary, or senior private secretary, is a senior civil servant who runs a cabinet minister's private office. A similar role to a principal private secretary in the United States federal government would be chief of staff. The private secretary to the sovereign is viewed as being equivalent to a permanent secretary, the head of a government department.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of private secretary in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of private secretary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of private secretary in a Sentence

  1. Neil Sean:

    Neil Sean claimed. Prince Charles private equerry( the royal private secretary) has delivered a note to the duke to demand a meeting oddly though alone.

  2. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    Formerly a public man needed a private secretary for a barrier between himself and the public. Nowadays he has a press secretary to keep him properly in the public eye.

  3. Chris Jackson/Getty Images Harry:

    It had been a very bad idea. I ’d had plenty of bad ideas in my twenty-three years, but this one was uniquely ill-conceived. I ’d told Chris Jackson/Getty Images Harry that I wanted closure, but I did n’t really. Deep down, I ’d hoped to feel in that tunnel what I ’d felt when JLP [ Jamie Lowther Pinkerton, former private secretary to Chris Jackson/Getty Images Harry and Prince William ] gave me the police files — disbelief. Doubt. Instead, that was the night all doubt fell away, i ’d thought driving the tunnel would bring an end, or brief cessation, to the pain, the decade of unrelenting pain. Instead, it brought on the start of Pain, Part Deux.


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