Ladies-in-waiting always played a key role for Queen Elizabeth II, but now this will change. Ladies-in-waiting used to combine several roles, accompanying the young princesses Elizabeth and Margaret to various receptions and foreign trips, as well as being aides and secretaries to the royals.
But now, this position has been abolished at Buckingham Palace, putting an end to the age-old tradition. Ladies-in-waiting will now be replaced by six assistants, who will be referred to as Queen's Companions.
They are Queen Camilla's old friends: the Marchioness of Lansdowne, Jane von Westenholz, Lady Katharine Brooke, Sarah Troughton, Lady Sarah Keswick and Baroness Chisholm, a former Conservative whip and Cabinet Office spokeswoman in the House of Lords.
A source at Buckingham Palace said they would receive a salary to cover their expenses almost equal to ladies-in-waiting.
"Queen Consort did not want or need ladies-in-waiting, and the Queen's companions will play a different role. They are here to provide Her Majesty with support and company. At the end of a very busy day, it's nice to have a longtime friend by her side," a royal source says.
The women are all part of the King and Queen's inner circle and are considered some of the monarchs' most loyal friends. A palace spokesman added that the former ladies-in-waiting will continue to help His Majesty King Charles III with official events at Buckingham Palace.
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