Queen Consort Camilla breaks with royal tradition as royals ‘move with the times’


Queen Consort Camilla is to get rid of a centuries-old royal tradition and will not have any ladies-in-waiting.

The source said: “The Queen Consort will do things a little differently. She currently has two private secretaries who do some of those traditional duties anyway.

“And she has quite a lot of good and decent friends around her whom she can call on, as and when is necessary, to support her. I suspect she’ll dip into her close circle of friends, maybe geographically.

“She has a lot of chums in London and Scotland, as well as in the country too. She thinks it’s more with the times.”

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Queen Consort Camilla will not have any ladies-in-waiting (Image: Getty Images)

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Sophie Densham, Camilla private secretary (Image: Getty Images)

The Queen Consort currently has two private secretaries, Sophie Densham, and deputy, Belinda Kim, who are in charge of Camilla’s schedule.

Their responsibilities include organising the royal diary and arranging public engagements, plus they already travel with the Queen Consort at official events.

Camilla may hire more staff to help with more duties in the future, but is known for keeping up with her own correspondence, and wrote over 2,000 letters last year.

If any other duties are needed that would traditionally be done by a lady-in-waiting, it is expected Camilla will ask friends such as Baroness Jane Westenholz, who the Queen Consort calls ‘Lofty’, to help when necessary.

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Despite now being elderly women themselves, some ladies-in-waiting stayed the Queen until her death (Image: Getty Images)

The Queen with a lady-in-waiting

Some of the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting were with her for over 60 years (Image: Getty Images)

Being a lady-in-waiting is not a paid position but were some of the former monarch’s most trusted companions, with some ladies-in-waiting having attended the Queen for over 60 years.

Despite now being elderly women themselves, many wished to continued to serve Queen Elizabeth II until her death earlier this month.

The ladies-in-waiting under the Queen were led by Lady Susan Hussey, age 83, who had been with the Queen since 1960, the year of Prince Andrew’s birth.

“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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