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Masters of the Queen's - and King's - Music
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (b.1934) was appointed Master of the Queen's Music in March 2004 for a ten-year period, unlike previous appointments, which were for life. Davies' appointment to the post was initially controversial, as he was a republican. However he confirmed in 2010 that close contact with the Queen had converted him to monarchism. He told the Daily Telegraph, 'I have come to realise that there is a lot to be said for the monarchy. It represents continuity, tradition and stability.'