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Camilla scraps ladies-in-waiting in modernising move
... The Queen Consort's newly-styled "companions" will help her for the first time at a reception next week
Camilla, the Queen Consort, is ending the tradition of having ladies-in-waiting, but instead will be helped by "Queen's companions".
As well as modernising the title, the six women assistants will be less regularly in attendance than the previous role required.
The honorary positions involve helping the Queen Consort at public events.
Unlike the ladies-in-waiting, this slimmed-down role will not involve correspondence or administration.
Replacing the role of lady-in-waiting will end a feature of court life going back to the middle ages, with such close personal helpers of a Queen often coming from aristocratic families and, over the centuries, sometimes caught up in court intrigue.
The new "companions" will be a more occasional and informal position, supporting the Queen Consort at official engagements and not involved in replying to letters or day-to-day planning.
They don't receive a salary but their expenses will be covered.
This symbolic change of direction will be put into practice next week, when the Queen Consort hosts a reception for campaigners against domestic violence and violence against women. ...