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Old 04-15-2017, 08:29 PM
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I'm so tired of ''the Queen advertises for this and pays that'' thing in the press.

1. It is not the Queen, but the royal houshold who advertises for new 18,000-a-year butler.

2. It is not the Queen, but the royal houshold who desides the size of the salary.

And read the advert here:
https://theroyalhousehold.tal.net/vx...e-Butler/en-GB
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Old 07-09-2017, 09:58 AM
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Wow, this make my heart smile. More diversity should be brought into the royal household.

The Queen Appoints her First Black Equerry, Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah-
The Queen appoints her first black equerry – Royal Central

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ent-looms.html
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Old 07-09-2017, 12:15 PM
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1. The DF and their stupidness:
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Twumasi-Ankrah's royal career so far has included acting as escort commander at the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall's wedding in 2011, as well as commanding the Blues and Royals at the Queen's birthday parade - but his new role will mean he could spend more time at Her Majesty's side than even her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

2. I read the original Sunday Times article by Roya Nikkhah rigth after it come out at 12:01am - and here are some of it:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/n...erry-dg3l7zjmt
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The Queen has chosen a Ghanaian-born officer from the Household Cavalry to fill one of the most important roles in the royal household. Her next equerry will be Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, an Afghanistan war veteran known as TA to his friends.

It is thought to be the first time any member of the royal family has appointed a black equerry, a role that requires immense discretion but in the past has also had a brush with scandal.
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It is understood that he is in a transition phase with the current equerry Wing Commander Sam Fletcher and will start in the role later this year.
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The Queen is understood to have personally selected Twumasi-Ankrah from several candidates. His duties will include close attendance to the Queen in public, personally assisting her with official engagements and welcoming high-profile guests to royal residences.
3. Wing Commander Sam Fletcher (which seems to be a very nice guy) was appointed in 2015, and other recent equerries has lasted for 2/3 years, so Twumasi-Ankrah will likely stay in that position until 2019/2020.
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:12 PM
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I thought Queen Victoria also had Equerries from non-European parts of her immense realm?
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Old 07-09-2017, 02:00 PM
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I think its treated like a military posting these days and most of those last 3 years.
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:27 PM
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I thought Queen Victoria also had Equerries from non-European parts of her immense realm?
She did, as did Edward VII. Both of them abhorred racism in any form.
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:11 PM
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The Royal Household, Courtiers, Advisers and Attendants

Two extra Ladies in Waiting to The Queen announced in today's court circular - the Lady Elizabeth Leeming and Mrs Simon Rhodes

Lady Elizabeth is a Bowes-Lyon relation

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/1...Glamis_Castle/

You can find a picture of Lady Elizabeth here - http://hospiceathome.co.uk/about-us/trustees/

Susan Rhodes is the daughter in law of the late Hon Mrs Rhodes (Margaret Rhodes) therefore also a Bowes-Lyon relation

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...-Zimbabwe.html
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Old 07-15-2017, 05:29 AM
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An interesting Obituary in today's Times for the Lady Herries of Terregles who was for over 50 years the Lady in Waiting to HRH Princess Alexandra the Hon Lady Ogilvy (known for a long time by her previous title of the Lady Mary Mumford).

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/r...uary-7x26nccqn
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Old 07-29-2017, 10:35 PM
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Big Shakeup at Buckingham Palace:

Queen's top aide quits in dramatic shake up of Royal staff | Daily Mail Online
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Old 07-30-2017, 06:43 AM
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It's the Mail on Sunday so take it for what it's worth but apparently The Queen's private secretary along with William's and Harry's private secretaries are stepping down.

Queen's top aide quits in dramatic shake up of Royal staff | Daily Mail Online
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:19 AM
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Interesting. Wonder why 'a source' would give a tabloid like the Mail the info? When it was announced that Philip was retiring, there were alleged rumours that The Queen's private secretary had called for unity amongst the households. Now he along with others from Kensington Palace are allegedly gone with Prince Charles team taking over?
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Old 07-30-2017, 09:16 AM
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Interesting. Wonder why 'a source' would give a tabloid like the Mail the info? When it was announced that Philip was retiring, there were alleged rumours that The Queen's private secretary had called for unity amongst the households. Now he along with others from Kensington Palace are allegedly gone with Prince Charles team taking over?
To me it is only natural. The moment that Charles will be King only comes closer and closer. That will not only implicate a major change in the life of the Prince of Wales, but certainly will change the world of the new Duke of Cornwall, the future Prince of Wales, as well.

That the Household of the old and more and more retreating Queen and Duke is in a transition to become the Household of the future King seems only very healthy to me. We see the same on the Continent: when a monarch is ageing, and the kingship will end in a foreseeable future, we can see the Heir being consulted more and more regarding new appointments and the organization structure.

After all it once will be King Charles' Household, sooner or later. The Daily Mail is just stirring in a cup of tea for about really nothing.
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Old 07-30-2017, 02:54 PM
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I have to say I thought Sir Christopher would hang on until after Charles' accession and with the Queen quite old and not a fan of change I thought he would stay. I guess as seems usual the deputy will step up, the assistant will become the deputy and a new assistant private secretary will be appointed.

As for William and Harry's private secretaries, well Harry's always seemed somewhat temporary, I though it was said he would be "stepping in" which doesn't suggest a full time permanent role. William seems to be about to take over more duties (hopefully) so it would be a perfect time for a new Private Secretary.
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Old 07-30-2017, 03:09 PM
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In Spain and in the Netherlands, to prevent a "Court Clique", the top jobs are rotating: the servants are detached from the Armed Forces, ministerial departments, the Corps Diplomatique, the magistrature and resume their career after an intermezzo in the Royal Household Organziation. Good for their careers and good for the Court: always fresh blood and no "eternal functionaries creating their own little realms". I had the idea the same is done for many functions in the British Royal Household, so all the hullabaloo is a bit Daily Mail just stirring things up.
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:11 AM
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Buckingham Palace Confirms Sir Christopher Geidt will step down in October and Edward Young will step in-
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:36 PM
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Sir Christopher said: “It has been my very great privilege to serve the Queen since the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and, especially, as her private secretary for the past decade.

“In that time, as throughout her reign, her majesty’s authority has brought stability, purpose and colour to country and Commonwealth alike.

“With the Duke of Edinburgh’s recent decision to draw back from public life, the Queen’s own unwavering commitment as sovereign has the full and active support of the entire Royal family.

“It is therefore with every confidence, and with Her Majesty’s agreement, that I now hand over the responsibilities of the Queen’s private secretary to my successor, Edward Young.”

The Lord Chamberlain, The Earl Peel, said: “Over the past decade Sir Christopher has led the Private Secretary's Office during a hugely successful and significant period of Her Majesty's reign.

“As the senior Head of Department and member of the Lord Chamberlain's Committee, he has also played a key role in ensuring a progressive and forward looking strategy has been adopted by the Royal Household.

“In recognition of his major contribution, I would like to take this opportunity to record my message of gratitude and thanks.”
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Old 08-01-2017, 02:32 PM
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Edward Young will succeed Sir Christopher Geidt as Private Secretary to the Queen in October. He was the Assistant Private Secretary from 2004 to 2007, and has since then been Her Majesty's Deputy Private Secretary. He is 50-years-old.

You can see HM with her then Assistant Private Secretary Edward Young on the royal train in this 2007 documentary at 22:50 in this video:
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Old 08-04-2017, 07:18 PM
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Are the Princes€™ outbursts due to exit of Queen€™s aides? | Daily Mail Online

Ignoring the other stuff in the article, the DM reports that Samantha Cohen, the Queen's Assistant Private Secretary has also apparently handed in her resignation (Although the DM makes it sound like she is going for sure it then says her resignation has not yet been formalised). She started out as the Queen's Deputy Press Secretary in 2003 before becoming Press Secretary in 2007 then moving to the Private Secretaries Office in 2010.

I am surprised she is stepping down at the same time as Sir Christopher.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:56 PM
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I realize this is the DM and the hyperbole is huge, but I really would welcome the various royal staffs working together and being professional. I have a personal issue with the inability of the events offices to work together, provide advance notice and timely CC reports. The results look haphazard and uncaring and IMHO show pettiness. The back office power plays make an otherwise effective royal operation look cloddish, ancient and silly.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:34 PM
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That has been discussed in the Royal Courtiers thread. Personally I am surprised the Queen's Private Sec didn't stay until the new reign, he has made a lot of efforts to ensure it is a smooth transition and even got a second knighthood for it. However a shake up, especially IMO for the other Households would be no bad thing.
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