Queen Consort ends tradition of having ladies-in-waiting but instead will be helped by ‘Queen’s companions’

27 November 2022, 12:05

The Queen Consort Delivers Paddington Teddy Bears To Barnardo's In Tribute To Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen Consort Delivers Paddington Teddy Bears To Barnardo's In Tribute To Queen Elizabeth II. Picture: Getty
Fran Way

By Fran Way

The Queen Consort is ending the tradition of having ladies-in-waiting but instead will be helped by ‘Queen’s companions’.

As well as modernising the title, the six women assistants will be less regularly in attendance than the previous role required.

Camilla, 75, will have the six Queen’s companions, in addition to her private secretary and deputy private secretary, Buckingham Palace said.

They are Camilla’s trusted friends Sarah Troughton, Jane von Westenholz, Fiona, the Marchioness of Lansdowne, who is a professional interior designer, Lady Katharine Brooke and Baroness Carlyn Chisholm, who is now a non-affiliated peer.

Sarah Troughton to the right of Camilla on a visit to Wiltshire
Sarah Troughton to the right of Camilla on a visit to Wiltshire. Picture: Getty
Lady Sarah Keswick pictured with Camilla at the Tennis Championships
Lady Sarah Keswick pictured with Camilla at the Tennis Championships. Picture: Getty

The sixth is Camilla’s close friend Lady Sarah Keswick, whose husband, Sir Chips Keswick, retired as Arsenal chairman in 2020 after spending 15 years on the board at the north London football club, according to Tatler.

Major Ollie Plunket, of The Rifles, has been appointed Camilla’s equerry it is now believed to be his role to look after her diary and accompany her at official events.

Some of the Queen’s companions will appear publicly with her for the first time at a Violence Against Women and Girls reception at Buckingham, Palace on Tuesday.

It is believed the work of the Queen’s companions will be similar to, but not as extensive as, the work carried out by the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting.

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It is thought they are likely to be in attendance less regularly than the Queen’s ladies=in-waiting were and on certain occasions may attend an engagement instead of a private secretary or deputy private secretary.

There is still a role for the ladies-in-waiting who worked for the Queen. Lady Susan Husey, Mary Morrison and Dame Annabel Whitehead will now be known as ladies of the household.

They continue to assist the king in hosting formal occasions at Buckingham palace.

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