What would Queen Elizabeth II say about it? Barely in office, the British royal consort Camilla breaks with a centuries-old tradition. Ladies-in-waiting are now history at Buckingham Palace. Instead, she appoints companions who are not to receive a salary.
The position of the lady-in-waiting is said to no longer exist at Buckingham Palace. King's wife Camilla instead relies on six confidants to accompany and support her in her tasks, as reported by "The Times" among other things. These are said to be close friends of the Queen Consort, now called "Queen's companions".
According to the newspaper, Camilla's step was a "significant departure" from Queen Elizabeth II's style. Her ladies-in-waiting were "constantly present wherever she went". This included trips abroad. Camilla's "companions" are now expected to take on far lighter duties and only accompany her to a few important events each year, they say. According to the BBC, they would not receive a salary, but expenses would be reimbursed.
A senior palace source told The Sunday Times: "The Queen Consort did not want or need maids of honor and the Queen's companions will play a different role." They should support Camilla and "keep her company," according to the insider. "At the end of a very busy day, it's nice to have a longtime friend by your side."
According to media reports, Queen Elizabeth II's ladies-in-waiting continue to work for the royal family. Lady Susan Hussey, Dame Mary Morrison and Dame Annabel Whitehead are said to be helping King Charles host formal events at Buckingham Palace.
(This article was first published on Sunday, November 27, 2022.)