Camilla likely to bring MAJOR CHANGE to royal tradition Queen Elizabeth II upheld for 70 years
LONDON, ENGLAND: As King Charles III undertook official duties as the King of England after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, it looks like Queen Consort Camilla is preparing to retire some outdated traditions that the late Queen had set. If reports are to be believed, Camilla may be preparing for a modernized monarchy.
All through her reign of 70 glorious years, late Queen Elizabeth II had a fixed team of tight-knit dedicated women, also called her support system, and were given the title of lady-in-waiting. All these women were handpicked by the Queen herself to help her with the daily chores of being a monarch, such as picking out her outfits, and helping her bathe and dress, while others responded to letters or accompanied her on official engagements. But the most important role of these women, besides their title and duty, was to be a friend and confidants to the nation's beloved Queen. But with the death of the longest-serving monarch, this tradition is likely to get changed.
The title of a lady-in-waiting is ordinarily given to women of noble and aristocratic backgrounds and is soaked with heritage and honor. Given the rich and wealthy backgrounds of ladies-in-waiting, anciently they did not get paid and still managed to take on the lifelong unpaid role and were not allowed to quit or retire from the position, under any circumstances, hence committing to serving the Queen for her lifetime. However, it changed with the death of the longest-serving monarch, as several of her ladies-in-waiting are expected to retire, following their own advancing years.
While some may stay on to support the Queen Consort, one historian expert, Marlene Koenig, who has spent several years researching the Royal Family has claimed the traditional role may not be filled again.
Koenig told Express: "There are some positions that may no longer be filled." She continued, "You wonder if the women, especially Queen Camilla, will use ladies-in-waiting as the Queen did. She's never had, even as the Duchess of Cornwall, an official lady-in-waiting."
The expert further added, "Angela MacManus, who was once her secretary, did that [role of a lady-in-waiting] but was not officially named. There have been no officially named ladies-in-waiting." Queen Elizabeth picked nine ladies-in-waiting from the year 1953 - 2017. "They have mostly been women from aristocratic families. Now, they're all pretty old ladies. And the Mistress of the Robes, Fortune FitzRoy, Dowager Duchess of Grafton, died and Queen Elizabeth never replaced her." The expert, however, questioned: "Is it needed anymore if you're modernizing the monarchy? Some of these historic roles have been around for 400-600 years, so is the purpose just symbolic?"