Queen Camilla reveals female team – but they’re not ladies-in-waiting

Camilla arrived by taxi to attend a special teddy bears picnic at Barnardo’s Nursery in Bow, east London (Picture: PA)

Queen Camilla’s all-female support team has been announced by Buckingham Palace.

The King’s wife, 75, will have six companions in addition to her private secretary and deputy private secretary, but they will not be traditional ladies-in-waiting.

They are her trusted friends Sarah Troughton, Jane von Westenholz and Fiona, the Marchioness of Lansdowne, who is a professional interior designer, Lady Katharine Brooke and Baroness Carlyn Chisholm, who is now a non-affiliated peer.

The sixth is Camilla’s close friend Lady Sarah Keswick, whose husband, Sir Chips Keswick, retired as Arsenal chairman in 2020 after spending 15 years on the board, according to Tatler.

Major Ollie Plunket, of The Rifles, has been appointed as Camilla’s equerry, and will look after her diary and accompany her at official events.

Some of the Queen’s companions will appear publicly with her for the first time at a Violence Against Women and Girls reception at the palace on Tuesday.

Lady Sarah Keswick accompanying Camilla in the Royal Box at Wimbledon (Picture: Getty)
Sarah Troughton will be one of Camilla’s companions (Picture: ITV)
Camilla will not have traditional ladies-in-waiting like the late Queen (Picture: PA)

It is believed their work will be similar to, but not as extensive as, that carried out by the late Queen’s ladies-in-waiting.

On certain occasions, they may attend an engagement instead of a private secretary or a deputy private secretary.

The ladies-in-waiting who worked for the Queen – Lady Susan Hussey, Mary Morrison and Dame Annabel Whitehead – will now be known as ladies of the household.

They continue to assist the King in hosting formal occasions at the palace, as they have done recently.

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