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Camilla is promoted to lady-in–waiting at Buckingham Palace

Camilla removes position of lady-in-waiting at Buckingham Palace: ‘Casual’ queen consort ends age-old tradition, but retains six ‘Queen’s Companions’

  • Ladies-in-waiting combined the roles of companion, advisor, and secretary
  • But in Queen Consort Camilla’s approach, they are replaced by six assistants
  • The ‘Queen’s Companions’ receive a nominal allowance to cover their expenses
  • The late queen’s ladies-in-waiting were retained, but are now ladies of the house

The position of lady-in-waiting at Buckingham Palace has been abolished, ending a centuries-old tradition.

Combining the roles of companion, adviser and secretary, ladies-in-waiting played a key role in royal life, accompanying the late Queen and her sister Princess Margaret on official duties and trips abroad.

But as a sign of new Queen Consort Camilla’s level-headedness, they will be replaced by six “Queen’s Companions” style assistants. Last night the palace named them as Sarah Troughton, Jane von Westenholz, Fiona the Marchioness of Lansdowne, an interior designer, Lady Katharine Brooke and Baroness Carlyn Chisholm, a Conservative peer. The sixth is Camilla’s close friend Lady Sarah Keswick, whose husband, Sir Chips Keswick, retired in 2020 as president of Arsenal football club. They have all remained loyal to Camilla (right).

The position of lady-in-waiting has been removed at Buckingham Palace, ending a centuries-old tradition – a sign of the level-headed approach of the new Queen Consort Camilla

Last Night, The Palace Named Sarah Troughton (Pictured) As One Of The 'Queen'S Companions'

Last night, the palace named Sarah Troughton (pictured) as one of the ‘Queen’s Companions’

Lady Sarah Keswick (Pictured) Was Also Mentioned. Her Husband, Sir Chips Keswick, Retired As President Of Arsenal Football Club In 2020.

Lady Sarah Keswick (pictured) was also mentioned. Her husband, Sir Chips Keswick, retired as president of Arsenal football club in 2020.

Baroness Carlyn Chisholm, A Conservative Peer, Becomes One Of The 'Queen'S Companions'

Baroness Carlyn Chisholm, a Conservative peer, becomes one of the ‘Queen’s Companions’

Fiona The Marchioness Of Lansdowne (Right), An Interior Designer, Has Also Been Cast For The Role

Fiona the Marchioness of Lansdowne (right), an interior designer, has also been cast for the role

A Palace source said they will receive a nominal allowance to cover their expenses in much the same way as ladies-in-waiting.

The Queen Consort has also taken on her first dedicated equerry, a male advisor who plays the same role. He was named last night as Major Ollie Plunkett, of The Rifles, whose queen consort is colonel-in-chief. He will work with her private secretary. Some of the Queen’s companions will make their first public appearance with her on Tuesday at a palace reception to highlight violence against women and girls.

Ladies-in-waiting answered correspondence, helped organize events, and accompanied female Royals on their travels. The new role, a Palace source said, was to take into account the changing needs of the 75-year-old queen consort, who doesn’t “need to attend so regularly.” A spokesman for the Palace said: “The role of the Queen’s Companion will be to support the Queen Consort in some of her most important official and state duties.”

Combining The Roles Of Companion, Adviser And Secretary, Ladies-In-Waiting Played A Key Role In Royal Life, Accompanying The Late Queen And Her Sister Princess Margaret On Official Duties And Trips Abroad.

Combining the roles of companion, adviser and secretary, ladies-in-waiting played a key role in royal life, accompanying the late Queen and her sister Princess Margaret on official duties and trips abroad.

The late queen’s ladies-in-waiting have been retained, but will now be known as ladies of the household. They are Lady Susan Hussey, Dame Mary Morrison and Dame Annabel Whitehead.

A Palace spokesperson added that the former ladies-in-waiting would “continue to assist His Majesty the King in organizing formal functions at Buckingham Palace.”

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