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Old 05-18-2006, 11:13 AM
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The Royal Household, Courtiers, Advisers and Attendants

Does anyone have any info on the ladies in waiting for the BRF?
like for Queen Elizabeth or Camilla?
(sorry if this has already been posted)
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Old 05-18-2006, 11:55 AM
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Lady in Waiting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_in_waiting
Maid of Honour http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maids_of_Honour

About Queens Ladies of the Bedchamber
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_of_the_Bedchamber

and Mistress of the Robes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistress_of_the_Robes

About Princess Diana's Ladies in Waiting
http://mypage.uniserve.ca/~canyon/dianas_ladies.htm
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Old 05-18-2006, 12:32 PM
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In my knowledge Camilla hasn`t a Lady in Waiting.
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Old 05-18-2006, 01:32 PM
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In my knowledge Camilla hasn`t a Lady in Waiting.
Why is that?
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Old 05-18-2006, 01:35 PM
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She's got 2 now but I'm not sure of their names. The Queen has 5, Princess Anne has 3, the Duchess of Kent no longer uses them, Princess Michael has 1 and Princess Alexandra has 2.
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Old 05-18-2006, 02:46 PM
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I have always thought Camilla had two secretarys that have been with her since before she was married but I never thought they were actuall Lady in Waitings.
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Old 05-18-2006, 02:56 PM
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Pardon myignorance, but what do Lady in Waiting do?
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Old 05-18-2006, 03:04 PM
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Pardon myignorance, but what do Lady in Waiting do?
Their duties varied from monarchy to monarchy. Almost attending (take flowers etc.) a female member of the Royal Family other than the Queen Regnant or Queen Consort.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_in_waiting
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Old 05-18-2006, 05:04 PM
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According to Brian Hoey, Camilla's secs double as L-i-W even though one of them is a Miss.
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Old 05-18-2006, 07:08 PM
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In reality it doesn't matter if they are a miss, lady, countess, duchess or whatever its just someone thst knows protocol and does the job well. Plus one of Princess Diana's lady in waiting was a miss.
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Old 05-18-2006, 07:15 PM
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True. One of the Queen's is a Miss. I just stated that she was a Miss in case people thought Miss's could be L-i-W.
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Old 05-18-2006, 09:51 PM
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Does Sophie have a lady in waiting? Certainly if Princess Michael has one then the Countess of Wessex must have one, too considering that her rank in the family is higher and she does more royal duties than Princess Michael.
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Old 05-19-2006, 12:21 AM
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i read Princess Diana have many of her lady-in-waiting on the websites since 1981-1997 oh my godness they says its would be eight! include her older sister.but i think Diana hires or Buckingham Palace appoint im sure.

im not sure about Sophie and Camilla have lady-in-wait since got marriages in the royals.

and how many HM Queen have lady-in-waiting?
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Old 05-19-2006, 05:54 AM
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Burkes' Peerage lists I think 11 ladies in waiting to the Princess Royal. I'm sure she doesn't use all of them. Some must be temporary, here is the link if anyone wants to check it out. Another piece of interesting info is that 2 of her ladies in waiting are godmothers to her children. Which I thought was interesting.

Here's the link:http://www.burkes-peerage.net/sites/...es/page31c.asp

It says the Royal Household in Scotland so I would assume that some are just used when HRH is in Scotland. Hope the link works.
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Old 05-19-2006, 09:23 AM
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Brian Hoey says in his book "At Home with the Queen" that there are about 80 L-i-W in total. All can be called at the last minutre for a trip or a visit. They all have special privelages. For example, they are entitled to a chaffeur driven car when "in term" and can, at any time, eat in the Ladies Dining Room in the Palace.

Some of the Royal Ladies use the L-i-W and some don't. It's now a matter of personal preference but all of them are appointed by the Queen. So, Princess Alexandra couldn't choose her L-i-W from scratch. She chooses from a list assigned to her by the Queen.
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Old 05-19-2006, 11:30 AM
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Princess Anne had about 11 a few years ago. Sophie has one, who doubles as a secretary. Can't remember her name, though.
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Brian Hoey says in his book "At Home with the Queen" that there are about 80 L-i-W in total. All can be called at the last minutre for a trip or a visit. They all have special privelages. For example, they are entitled to a chaffeur driven car when "in term" and can, at any time, eat in the Ladies Dining Room in the Palace.
That's a nice tradeoff for having to act as a personal maid to some HRH, is the pay decent?
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They don't get paid.
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Old 05-19-2006, 04:33 PM
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They don't get paid.
Yikes, but I'm sure the princesses toss them a bone every once in a while to make the job more attractive ... I guess men have it easier as aides-de-camp because presumably the military picks up their salary.
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Old 05-19-2006, 04:37 PM
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Not any more PreDoc. That was something that came out of the Paul Burrell case. No longer can they chuck 'em an unwanted gift. Anything they do recieve has to be declared and so far, nothing major has been. Before, the L-i-W were given tiaras, clocks, loose gem stones etc etc. All things given to members of the RF are stored in Buckingham Palace and now everything is carefully monitored so that no freebies are given.

You're right, the men get their military pay. It's the ladies who lose out.
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