Camilla, the Queen Consort, is set to end the centuries-old tradition of having ladies-in-waiting, in favour of a slimmed-down retinue. She thinks a smaller group of staff members is “more with the times”, with the ladies-in-waiting to be replaced by existing staff taking on more responsibility, according to reports.
Queen Elizabeth II had at least seven ladies-in-waiting at the time of her death, some of whom had been by her side for more than 60 years.
The ladies-in-waiting managed public and personal correspondence and organised the royal diary to accompany the monarch on engagements, collecting flowers and arranging private family events, among other roles.
The roles were unpaid and holders were almost always picked from the upper echelons of the aristocracy.
However, as most of the existing holders of the roles are due to retire, Camilla has decided to organise things “a little differently”.
One source told the MailOnline: “When she got married and set up her own office for the first time she got two brilliant private secretaries, Amanda Macmanus and Joy Camm.
“But they were very much ‘two for the price of one’. Not only did they arrange all her engagements and projects, but they also acted as ladies-in-waiting if needed, accompanying her on official duties, collecting bouquets of flowers and the like.
“No one stands on ceremony in her office, everyone mucks in. The feeling is that although things have changed dramatically in many respects, she won’t take on an official line-up of ladies-in-waiting.”
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King Charles III has long been tipped to slim down the monarchy, with a royal expert saying he is watching Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II strip four grandchildren of their titles.
On Wednesday, Queen Margrethe II announced that four of her eight grandchildren will no longer be able to use the titles of prince and princess from January 2023.
Marlene Koenig, expert in British and European royalty, told Insider that following Margrethe’s announcement, it’s likely Charles and his team will be taking notes on how his Danish counterpart’s decision unfolds.
She said: “One would hope that if he does a surgical strike and removes royal titles from, say the York princesses, he talks with them first.”
Ms Koenig continued to suggested Charles’ focus will remain on what is best for the future of the monarchy in the UK.
She told the outlet: “Charles would be aware of the changes in other houses but the focus is solely on what to do in the UK.
“What happens in other monarchies is not relevant to the British.”