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Zonk 04-03-2012 10:13 PM

Staff of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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Dman 01-13-2013 02:44 AM

Wanted: 'super servant' for Wills and Kate | UK | - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express

PrincePatrick 01-13-2013 05:20 AM

I wish I could apply! I have a lot of clerical experience, I can do laundry, and I have nursing training, which would come in handy if anyone ever passed out! Le siiiigh.

Hollie 01-13-2013 08:11 AM


Originally Posted by Dman (Post 1504679)

slow news day perhaps :ermm:

I do not see how this news is interesting and newsworthy enough to be considered an exclusive. Seems like the royal correspondents genuinely do not know William's RAF decision or how far Kate's pregnancy is. The royal insiders should be sacked:lol:

CanRoyal 01-13-2013 08:07 PM

Call for a super skivvy for elegant royals William and Kate | UK | - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express


WILLIAM and Kate have advertised for a “super servant” to help them in their new life as parents.

cepe 01-13-2013 08:18 PM

The use of the word "skivvy" in the headline is a disgrace. Camilla Tominey is moving into KAtie Nicholls territory.

CanRoyal 01-14-2013 06:11 AM

:previous: Well over here (Canada) skivvies is slang for underwear. So the headline reads as if William and Kate were getting some sort of super underwear. :lol:

Dman 03-28-2013 09:35 AM

Court of Prince William lines up to launch the modern monarchy:
- The household of the young royals prepares for the inevitable change in order-
Court of Prince William lines up to launch the modern monarchy - UK - News - London Evening Standard

MichelleQ2 03-30-2013 02:32 PM

Great blog onW&k staff

Warren 04-05-2013 06:50 PM
Prince Harry appoints new personal secretary -

4 April 2013

Household of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry:
restructuring of the senior roles now complete

Prince Harry has brought in a private secretary to help him manage his affairs. Clarence House have announced the appointment of Mr Edward Lane Fox, a former officer in the Blues and Royals who will assist the Prince as a trusted advisor. Harry himself will have chosen Mr Lane Fox as his right hand man. Both have proudly served for the Blues and Royals, and as a military man, Edward will understand perfectly Harry's commitment to his career in the army.

Harry is the last of the royal trio to appoint a private secretary. Last year it was announced that there had been a reshuffle, with both Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton employing private secretaries of their own.

The Duke of Cambridge is now assisted by Miguel Head, a former press secretary to William,Harry and Kate, who joined the Princes' private office in 2009. The Duchess of Cambridge meanwhile is supported by Rebecca Deacon, her former trusted personal assistant. That move was described as an "evolutionary step" in the development of the royal household.

Overseeing everything behind the scenes is Mr Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, principle private secretary and equerry to the young royals. He has been with the Princes since 2005, and is credited with masterminding their rise from shy young men into respected public figures. The former SAS officer is so close to the Wales men, that his son William was a page boy at the royal wedding.

The trio also have the wisdom and experience of Sir David Manning to lean on. A former British ambassador to the US, he became an advisor to William and Harry at the request of the Queen then they formed their private office in 2009, and was the man the family turned to before the royal wedding to give Kate 'advice and mentoring' on her new role.

Dman 05-03-2013 10:17 AM

Gordon Rayner ‏@gordonrayner 22m
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's right-hand man, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, to step down in the autumn

Gordon Rayner ‏@gordonrayner 21m
Lowther-Pinkerton, principal private secretary to William, Kate and Harry, has worked for them for eight years.

Dman 05-03-2013 10:38 AM

Nice to know that he will still be around though. William & Catherine and Harry have been working with Jamie for some time and I'm sure they will miss him as a full-time senior member of their staff.

Warren 05-03-2013 07:13 PM

For the record...
Telegraph UK
3 May 2013

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, principal private secretary to William, Kate & Harry, to step down in September

The number of courtiers at St James’s Palace is about to be reduced after Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the ex-SAS officer who has been a steady presence at William and Harry’s side for the past eight years, told them he has decided to step down. Mr Lowther-Pinkerton, principal private secretary to William, Kate and Harry, will be missed by the Duke and Duchess, to whom he is such a close friend that his son William was a pageboy at their wedding. But remarkably, only one member of the Royal Household works solely for her. Rebecca Deacon, her private secretary, is always by her side when she is out in public.

The truth is that, in common with every other family in the country, the most important members of the Duchess’s “team” are not paid at all. Her family are her greatest source of strength and advice; it just happens that in her case, “family” happens to include such wise counsel as the Queen.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the royal couple’s principal private secretary, intends to leave his post in September. Mr Lowther-Pinkerton, 52, a former SAS major, is the most senior of their 12 full-time staff and has helped plan everything from the royal wedding to their overseas tours. He is also principal private secretary to Prince Harry. Mr Lowther-Pinkerton was one of three royal aides whose mobile phones were hacked by the News of the World in 2005, triggering the hacking scandal that is yet to run its course. He plans to take up consultancy roles in the private sector, but intends to spend one day a week at St James’s Palace to advise the younger members of staff who will take his place.

His role will be divided between three individual private secretaries: Miguel Head, 35, for the Duke, Rebecca Deacon, 30, for the Duchess, and Edward Lane Fox, 36, for Prince Harry.

A royal source said Mr Lowther-Pinkerton’s departure had been “on the cards for months. It’s a big shift for the Household and is the last part of the restructuring of staff.” Eton-educated Mr Lowther-Pinkerton, who served as equerry to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother from 1984-86, was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2013 New Year Honours and lives in Suffolk with his wife and four children.

cepe 05-05-2013 10:56 AM

The Italian servant poached by Kate Middleton and Prince William | Royal | News | Daily Express

William and Catherine have appointed their housekeeper.

Pranter 05-05-2013 11:20 AM

I was reading the article about the duties of the housekeeper...surely she will have staff to assist?


cepe 05-05-2013 11:45 AM

I would say so. But first of all she needs to understand about the property and how the Cambridge's want to utilise the space. It might be that they want to have reception rooms put aside for royal engagements or perhaps they don't want to do that at all. She will work with Catherine on that and then she will appoint staff to work with her, probably p/t to start with.

So exciting for her!

Kataryn 05-05-2013 01:22 PM

What lovely news!

Does anyone, too, remembers how often Diana took her boys to the San Lorenzo restaurant where she had befriended the owneress? Suely William has fond memories of Italian dishes cooked there for him to comfort the little family in times when the marriage of his parents was on the rocks and Diana confided in her friend. Probably he looks very much forward to be served homemade Italian food on evenings he spends with his wife quietly at home...

And it's good that the new housekeeper comes from the BP staff. I recall to have read somewhere (maybe in one of the Burrell-books) of how staff would be lent to other Royal households for special events, so the new housekeeper surely can cope with that. Okay, she has to adapt her life to the needs of her employers: cook in the evenings when they are at home but having the evenings off when they are going out. Cleaning the kitchen and bedrooms when W&C are not at home. Or supervising the cleaner once a week. Just like the way Paul Burrelll cared for Diana - he had additional help as well when needed. Plus she can help Catherine during the time between birth and move to KP Nr.1, so they don't need a nanny while they don't have a nursery.

Doesn't Catherine enjoy speaking Italian? I think I recall she spent her gap year in Italy, surely has fond memories of her time there.

it seems from the outside they made a good choice with a lot of comfort zone-character to it.... I just say: homebaked Italian bread with rosemary... Or good espresso...

Lumutqueen 05-07-2013 02:22 PM

Public appearances are bloody hard work are they? Who knew.

Lumutqueen 05-07-2013 03:12 PM


Originally Posted by Bosco (Post 1549251)

Do you do many? I would imagine quite a bit of preparation behind the scenes goes into the event by the royals. I doubt they just show up on the fly.

Of course they don't show up on the fly, they have to be invited. Preparation is done by everyone else, unless a speech is required and if that's not edited accordingly I'd be surprised. Royals show up, shake hands, walk around, pose for pictures and leave. Have I missed anything?

blauerengel 05-07-2013 03:22 PM

I think it might have been meant in an ironic way-like saying "I buy myself an Aston Martin because I am such a poor soul and I don´t have anything else in life that makes me happy".
It is very tricky and difficult to transform irony/sarcasm into a written text, often it seems very rude or unfriendly and the reader does not know that it was only intended as a silly joke!

I do not think that public work like the royals have to do it all the time is easy-in fact,for me it would be difficult to look friendly and smile all the time even when people take pictures and ask silly questions;-)
Good lord, I am glad I am not a Princess - because I could not live the way that Catherine does, all the media attention and constant interest in my personal life would make me go insane...

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